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old vines from clematis

I was wondering if I should remove the old vines from last years clematis? I left it so the new would have more places to attach itself to but now I'm not sure if I should leave it. It might not look good with the old dead in it.:confused:
Thanks for any input,

A. Spruce
Re: old vines from clematis

It will look best and be easier to maintain if you remove the old canes before it grows back from the base.

Re: old vines from clematis

The old vines aren't nessesarily dead. New growth may come from them. I usually cut mine back every couple or three years when it gets too tangled. Early spring before new qrowth is the time to do it.

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