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Remedial pruning a Group 2 clematis

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 11:36

If you want to cut it back hard, wait until late winter and cut it back to 30 to 90cm from the ground.  Doing that every 3 or 4 years is an alternative way of pruning group 2 clematis.  However, if there are any strong shoots you can cut back to just above those now.

I once cut 'The President' right back to the ground in later Winter and was rewarded by it sending up 11 shoots from below ground in the spring!    Since then I've done this to quite a few large flowered early clematis to which I'd neglected pruning and nearly all of them responded in a similar way although I did lose one or two as I think slugs got the new shoots before I'd noticed them appearing.

Bio Dynamic Gardening

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 11:10

Perhaps you could give us all a quick overview of this rather than us having to google the term, biofreak?  Many of us here are organic gardeners who would rather just gently nudge nature in the direction we would prefer it to go rather than adhere to any artificial regime or use chemicals.  Is 'bio dynamic' different to that?

ID please

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 11:06

I'd remove the fallen over bit completely - saw it off at the main trunk and just keep the upright bit.  Also remove any obviously dead branches by cutting back in to live wood well below the damage and just above an outward-facing bud or sideshoot.  Remove any crossing branches.  Then stand back and take a 'trip' (no choice with brambles!) around the tree and see if it's a pleasing open shape.  If not, cut off a bit more.  It will likely grow vigorously after heavy pruning so nip out any really fast-growing upright shoots which appear to be reaching for the sky.  If not happy with the results you can always just get rid as you originally mentioned.


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 10:50

Carol, as the slugs have eaten lots of leaves the crop might be reduced so I would leave them in until tha haulms (stems) start going yellow and dying back.  No point leaving them in longer than that as they have grown as much as they will at that point.

Brave enough to ID this young apple?!

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:35

Looking at the bottom, there is what looks like a graft so you may have a 'family' tree with 2 varieties grafted onto one rootstock.  Looks like only one of them has fruited this year though.  Did both main branches flower in spring?

ID please

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:25

If it is a cherry, now (summer) is a good time to prune it. Winter pruning risks silver leaf disease. 

You never know, it might be an eating cherry (although all cherries are edible) - those need really good light and feeding to crop so might respond to you uncovering it from all those brambles.

Pepper stalks stripped

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:13

How do you know it's not slugs (or snails) Lauren?  They are the most likely culprits.  Molluscs don't always leave slime trails. 

ID please

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 19:25

Cherry of some type, possibly.

Cucumber disease

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:24

Stem rot, probably this:

Not good Sarah.

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:50

You could try watering nematodes onto the ant nests - "nemasys no ants" is what to look for.

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