Pruning Clematis montana

Question ...

My Clematis montana is looking rather large and parts of it are quite tatty. Can I prune? When?

Answer ...

Clematis montana should be pruned after flowering , so May is ideal. Cut out any dead shoots, taking care with the untangling. Then cut back any shoots you feel are too tall or are straying the wrong way. It's not very scientific because clematis generally responds well to hard pruning and is hard to damage.

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