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Pinch out Clematis?

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 12:48

Clematis aren't the same as annuals. Pinching out an annual will help it develop more flowering stems so that it does a better job for it's single growth season. Clematis are more like shrubs in the sense that you prune them to develop the mature plant. This also promotes new growth, but it's different from the growth produced by an annual as it's in order to create the eventual structure for flower buds to form.  They are long term plants so you're building their future. 

Hope that makes sense 

Sweet Peas

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 12:37

Thank you Shirley - it's slightly different from when I moved in. It was all covered in the slabs and pink gravel that you can see in that pic, hence all the pots gathered in the middle. The clematis is Etoile Violette. It's a good doer. 

Hydrangea little lime 'jane'

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 08:05

I'd agree with Tetley, Steve. It's the same for any plant really - the sizes are a guide rather than a definitive statement. Location and soil conditions will dictate  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 08:00

Morning all/afties Pat. Enjoy your 'nice bit of squirrel' tonight! 

Clari - will you be dib, dib, dibbing? The allergy thing is a bit of a nightmare nowadays. 

Slightly better looking day today so I might even get something done outside later for a few minutes.

Off to work soon so have a good day everyone. 

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 07:56

Paul - for clematis, it's the depth that's more important really to allow roots to get down deep. It's why clematis don't do so well in shallow areas. When potting on any plant, always go just a size 'up' if you know what I mean - ie, don't take a plant in a 3" pot and put it in a 10" one. It allows roots to develop evenly and fill the pot nicely and support top growth. Keeping them sheltered from weather while small is also important, whatever the plant, until they're big enough for the big bad world  

Just check what aspect your particular clematis do best in as well, when you plant them out. Some are happy in any aspect, some need a bit of shade or the flowers bleach, some need a sheltered position. Giving them the optimum conditions will give them the best chance to do well. 

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 21:03

Just had a google Jinxy - a company called Eden Supplies do them and also available on Amazon. They're called rose pots rather than clematis but it's the same thing  

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 20:57

Not sure about where to buy those Jinxy - I have several from mature clematis I've bought and I always keep them. 

I'm sure I've seen them available, but you might have to google a bit. Or maybe Richard (Hodson) could point you in the right direction if you PM him on here 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 20:52

A lot of B&Q stock is cheap imports as well. Perhaps they mean that they use the same supplier as B&Q  

It's still b****y poor. 

In defence of B&Q though - I reckon some of the staff do a better job with plants than the staff at my local GC. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 20:47

The sad thing is, that if your Dad broke a leg he'd be in a hospital bed Lyn. Getting helped. Doesn't add up does it? 

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 20:43

Paul - it's about getting a decent root system on these tiny plants, so pot them on into slightly bigger pots - about 3" as GD has said. They're little more than a cutting so they have a long way to go before they're decent garden plants.

Give them some protection from the elements at this stage too as they're vulnerable to cold, wet, windy weather, and also to slugs and snails.  Once they're filling that size of pot, you can get them into the deep clematis pots - they're about 5"/6" in diameter, but around 10"/12" deep. That gives the roots the best chance to get nice and deep and they will then support the top growth properly. A cane for support as GD says.  At that stage they'll be fine outdoors of course, but if you're in an exposed area just keep them sheltered to give them the best chance of doing well. By late summer, they should be a decent size and  it's really down to your own conditions in your garden whether you plant them out.  

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