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02/02/2014 at 15:53

Hi, the books say to cut my clematis down to around a foot from the ground above a pair of healthy buds.  My dilemma is that the lowest bud at one foot is solitary, not a pair, and then the next pair of buds don't appear for around 3 or 4 foot.  So do I go for lower down or the pair of buds?

02/02/2014 at 15:58

Go for that low single bud, cloud8.  I cut most of my group 3 right down to the ground and they produce new shoots from below ground level.  As group 3 produce flowers on new growth, the more new shoots you can encourage from the base, the better. 

02/02/2014 at 16:00

Oh thanks for that BobTheGardener, if only plants did what the books say they should.  I'll go and do it now while the sun is out 

02/02/2014 at 16:03

Cloud8 - have you given yours the book to read?  Show it the right page and use a highlighter pen for the important bits - they're not terribly quick on the uptake you know 

Enjoy the sunshine 

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