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14/03/2014 at 13:40

I was just tidying up my new clematis sieboldii when I accidentally cut the one growing stem..... im sure I have read that you should cut them right back in the first year anyway to encourage new growth from the base!! Or have I killed it? Advice please

14/03/2014 at 13:41

I doubt if you've killed it. Could get 2 growing stems now

14/03/2014 at 13:43

Here is the RHS take on it for you Stacey.

"This group comprises clematis that flower from mid- to late summer on the terminal 60cm (2ft) or so of the current year’s growth. If this type is left unpruned growth will continue from where it ended the previous season, resulting in a tangled mass of growth, flowering often well above eye level and stems bare at the base.  These late-flowering clematis are best pruned back hard in February each year to the lowest pair of buds."

14/03/2014 at 13:50

Lol what buds!!!!!

 See chopped!!! Not too worried as I do have another one( part of the jparker complaint)

14/03/2014 at 13:52

That plant looks like it is trying to tell you something. LOL!

14/03/2014 at 14:24

Lol I agree edd!!!! Telling me off for what I did to it!!! Oh well we will see what it does

14/03/2014 at 14:30

Hi Stacey

I did very similar last year with a newly planted Clematis.  I left it to see if it would survive and it did.  It wasn't the biggest of plants last year but it is still surviving!!


14/03/2014 at 14:39

Oh allotment max thank you I will nurture and hope for the best

14/03/2014 at 14:49

I think clematis roots are more sensitive than the stems.  A builder did a similar thing to a clematis here which was in the first year of flowering, so not very old or established, but it came back again the following year, and this accident has happened so early in the season that it should recover this season. 

14/03/2014 at 14:52

You're very welcome.

14/03/2014 at 14:53

I had a pet rabbit do this to two of my clematis when they were young, they're the best in the garden now.

14/03/2014 at 15:21

Thank you all.... I have read somewhere to cut theM right back to 2 buds first year but!!!! We shall see what happens tutt

14/03/2014 at 19:06

That's one reason why it's recommended to plant them deep, Stacey.  That way there will (hopefully) be buds below the surface which can send up new stems.  Planting deeper than as supplied encourages them to produce a 'root crown', from which they can send up new shoots whenever they need or want to.

14/03/2014 at 19:12

Many years ago in my London garden, the lovely Greek guys in the flat below mowed the lawn, including my rather poorly grapevine..well; it went forth and multiplied. Being cut down to ground level was the best thing that ever happened to it

14/03/2014 at 19:15

That sounds rather good Artjak - lovely Greek guys to mow your lawn 

14/03/2014 at 20:10

They were lovely; they used to completely spoil my cat, he had his own chair in their flat and they fed him on smoked salmon

23/03/2014 at 12:31

i did this aswell so i too are hoping that it will come back  this year  fingers crossed

23/03/2014 at 13:25

I would have cut it to ground level anyway Stacey.  Come on, you know you knew what you were doing really!   It will be much better plant now

23/03/2014 at 13:42

Obviously an instinctive gardener - it must be in her genes 

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