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I planted a clematis "Bill MacKenzie a couple of years ago and it hasn't flowered as yet. It's growing up a south facing wall and is mulched in the spring and is generally well looked after.Is there anything I can do to encourage it to flower??. Any comments will be gratefully received - thanks.
it has its roots in the shade and its growth in the sun? plenty of water in spring and only feed when in flower.This year has not been good for my clematis the only one to do well niobe.
Thanks for the replies. Thank you very much Penninepetal, I can see you must be a very caring person!! I'm a keen gardener so I've fed it and pruned as stated in the text books - perhaps it will burst into flower next year. Funnily enough it's next to a Kiwi "jenny" and that's never flowered either - gardening can be so very frustrating !!
Just a thought, but if other plants in that area aren't flowering, is it worth doing a soil analysis? Or maybe just a watering with some soluble potash to give them a kick-start?
Good idea - thanks
Clematis can take a year or two to get established and are very greedy so I would give it a good general purpose feed next spring to get it growing well and add special rose, tomato or clematis fertiliser to promote flower production. That will help the Kiwi too and you can top up every couple of weeks till mid June.
It's a myth about clematis needing their head in the sun and their feet in the shade. I've grown them in hanging baskets before now and have some planted in full sun as well as others in shade or semi shade. Some varieties like shade and some like full sun and they all like a deep root run and plenty of food.
I have a clematis that I want to move, when would be a good time?
Thank you very much for the advice, it flowered very early in the year, it is a niobe? so I will move it next weekend.