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Clematis prob

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:52

Why not ask the experts at Aldi ?

clematis wilt?

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:49

Wind damage.

advice please

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 22:56

The 3 cultivars you mention are all Early Large Flowered Group, they should flower on old wood in May/June then possibly again later in the season.

They are some of the most difficult to grow ( apart from some of the so-called evergreens ), but now that you have bought them, here goes.

Were they all in large 2 litre deep pots or in small 7-8 cm pots when you bought them ?

If the latter then they should be potted on into 2 litre deep pots for another season, before planting out,at the same time regularly cutting off the top growth to develop a large root system.

The Pruning Group is Group 2 for all the 3 cultivars you mention.


Group 3 clematis help!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 20:00

The Polish Spirit sounds like a 7cm or 8cm pot size liner, these are normally potted on in a clematis nursery for another year into a 2 litre deep pot, at the same time regularly cutting off all the top growth, this is used as cutting material.

Then you would be advised by the nursery people .to plant it about 4 inches deeper than it was in the 2 litre pot, this encourages new shoots from below ground.

A Polish Spirit, grown correctly, should have 20 - 30 flowering stems.

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 12:31

Caerulea Luxurians ??-----------No such plant.

Maybe you mean Luxuriant Blue ?

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 06:07

Sorry, I thought the thread was discussing Viticella Group clematis, not Group 3's.

Madame Julia Correvon, raised c.1900, must have seen a few gritty winters.

Viticella Hanna, raised in Sweden, is bombproof hardy.

Caerulea Elegans ??---------No such plant.

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 19:10

Prince Charles, Niobe, flammula, Victoria, Huldine, Red Ballon, Blue Angel, are not viticellas, and the montanas are early season.

Madame Julia Correvon, Rubra, Kermesina are all good red viticellas, Chatsworth is a good pale blue flattish flower, Hanna is a pale blue nodding bell, lovely, both viticella.

The native species, vitalba, is superb though trees, summer flowering and scented, or I have several other species, have a look at this ladakhiana, raised here from seed. Sorry unable to upload picture.

Perfumed viticella x triternata rubromarginata is highly scented ( flammula x viticella ) much better, tougher, than species flammula as it has viticella root system.


Clematis problem

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:19

Some clematis need planting deep, others do not.

rosemummy---------today 2 of them have slightly wilted tips to sems. ( stems ?)

Not wilted, probably wind damage.

Clematis problem

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 18:50

 It is impossible to diagnose the problem with your 2 clematis without knowing the cultivar, or species, names and the Group that they belong to.

If you are saying that the foliage died from the bottom upwards then it is probably caused by the roots being too dry or the plants being planted into some over-rich high nitrogen compost.

Not wilt, more clues please.

summer flowering shrubs?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 19:51

Any of the earlier flowering shrubs can be brightened up during the Summer months by growing a clematis through them. The viticellas, several of the taller herbaceous and many of the Viorna Group, crispas, pitcheri, texensis look stunning, are bomb-proof hardy and reliable.

This is Buckland Beauty, ideal through a green shrub or holly bush, not jazzy, and flowers July to September-ish.


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