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Stacey Docherty

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


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

Stacey Docherty

Lol what buds!!!!!

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

Stacey Docherty

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

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!!



Stacey Docherty

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

Busy Bee2

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. 

Ashleigh 2

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

Stacey Docherty

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


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.


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


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


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

anthony mcglen

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


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


Obviously an instinctive gardener - it must be in her genes 

Stacey, how did it turn out? Did it come back to life? 


I'm afraid Stacey doesn't keep too well Mhar, and she hasn't posted for quite a while on the forum. 

On her behalf, I'd hazard a guess that the clematis survived and grew well . They're quite resilient - most of the time  

Anyone know how Stacey is now?

last I heard she was improving