Hi, I have about 4 Clematis bushes growing in my garden. After the flowers appear out comes a pom pom like growth. Just wondering what that is and if I am suppose to cut them off?? Also do I cut them down in the fall or leave them as is. Thanks for your help, Carole
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The pom pom growths that you see are seed heads. It's not necessary to cut them off, because most types don't become weedy from self seeding. And they can be quite ornamental in their own right.

Pruning of clematis depends on which class they belong to. If they bloom early in the season, it's likely that they bloom on old wood, so don't prune in fall or winter except to cut out dead stems. Types that bloom later in the season, bloom on new wood (perhaps on new and old wood). Those types can be trimmed in winter without sacrificing bloom the following summer.

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