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Help my clem is dying!

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 15:07

That pot is way too small and is also thin plastic which means it will heat up quickly in sunshine and freeze easily in winter thus alternately cookin,g or freezing the roots.

If you can't plant it in the ground, I suggest you get yourself a decent ceramic, frost proof pot at least 60cm wide and deep and then transfer your clem, planting it 4" deeper than it is now.  Alternately, use one of those terracotta look alike plastic pots but line the inside with bubble wrap as heat and cold insulation.   Use the best quality compost you can afford - John Innes no 3 with some added fibrous matter from a peat free Levington's type compost.  Mix some slow release fertilser into the compost before planting - blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure - and make sure your clematis is kept watered.

Give it a liquid feed at least once a week during the growing season and a boost of specialist clematis feed as a top dressing every spring.

Monty Don

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:20

Alan Titchmarsh once asked an elderly lady gardener how she managed to get a good display of tulips in the ground year after year without digging up and replanting.  She said she buried the bulbs 9 inches deep - safely out of danger from most heavy frosts and rodents which eat the bulbs in the ground.

I planted 300 tall, well bred tulips one year but they didn't succeed - must have deep burrowing rodents - so now I plant the smaller botanical varieties and they do fine and come back year after year and have dainty flowers and foliage.  Love em.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:12

Use it as a soil improver in your beds when planting new stuff and/or as a mulch round shrubs and roses.

Don't try and use it for replanting things in tubs as its nutrient value will be negligible.

herbicide concentration?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:45

It isn't a laughing matter.    IThese old chemicals are as bad in tehir way as TNT was.

The herbicide you have has been taken off the market precisely because it is unsafe, even when fresh, for both people and the environment.  It iis illegal to use such products in Europe so take the advice geiven and dispose of it safely by taking it to your local recycling centre where staff should know what to do.

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:59

Look at the link I sent you on pruning.    group 1s only get pruned - after flowering finishes - in order to keep them in bounds and renew vigour form bellow.

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:57

You need to read this - 

and this -

There are other evergreen clematis but I think they may be too vigorous for the small space you have to offer them as many get to 5 to 7 metres.

Check out this variety and ask teh supllier how hardy it is before buying -

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:49

HCT - I planted my Alionushka up a trellis so I could see the lovely nodding flowers.  I don't think even Yorkshire gets as cold as I do in an exposed part of central Belgium. so you should be safe especially if it's deeply planted.

If you haven't got a support for yours you could make a teepee/wigwam from tall canes or hazel sticks and tie the stems in as it grows.

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:51

My Alionushka died as it finds my winters too cold but Arabella does excellent sprawling.

I wouldn't recommend moving a clematis once planted.  They need to be set at leat 4" deeper than they were in tehirpot and then put down deep roots.  They can take a season or two t get established and then they really get going.


Clematis newbie question

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:53

Whichever you decide on, you need to give them decent sized pots as clematis need a good deep root run and plenty of food.  There are special clematis fetilisers that will keep them healthy but you have to take care of all their watering and makes sure the pots don't freeze solid in winter.

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:50

Group 3 clematis do indeed put on all their growth in one season and are best cut back in early spring and then given a generous feed.  However, their dead growth can look really tatty once all the foliage dies back in autumn so, for a front door, it may be best to cut it back in autumn.

Group 2 clematis get pruned later in spring to remove any dead stems back to a pair of healthy buds.   They also need a good feed.  Once their first flush of flowers is over in late spring, early summer, they can be pruned to keep them in bounds and to remove some of the dead heads before they go to seed.   This will encourage a second flush of flowers later in summer.

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