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Pruning a Multi Blue clematis

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 06:18

So, you are saying that you have a second flush of flowers at present ? That is good especially for a young plant, you are obviously doing something right, I don't see a problem, the lower stems on several Group 2 clematis can look quite pathetic, either chop them back regularly as I suggest which gives you newer, fresher, greener, growth or hide them behind a lower growing hardy perennial, annual, or herbaceous clematis, up to you.

Pruning a Multi Blue clematis

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 12:48

Over 250 different clematis in the garden here obelisk, hybrids, cultivars and species, several bred here.

When I talk of chopping clematis hard back it is not for selling purposes as your brothers suggest. it is to produce a larger rootball and more flowering stems which will then produce more flowers obviously.

kasjk said he//she wanted to get more stems from the ground, tomato food is not the answer, chopping hard back is the only way.

Too many people quote parrotlike all the pruning and feeding requirements of clematis, mostly written by people who have never grown them.

BiszzyLizzie, I think your MultiBlue is superb, but cultural conditions in Dordogne ( France ?) are probably different than those in the North of England, back later.....

Pruning a Multi Blue clematis

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:55

OK, so please show us the second flush of flowers, kasjk, when they appear, looking forward to them.

Tomorrow I will show you a picture of some Multi Blue plants on the nursery here which were chopped back a couple of weeks ago.

Pruning a Multi Blue clematis

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:02

Can you explain please why you would cut it half down, Busy Lizzie, what benefit would that be to the plant ?

Pruning a Multi Blue clematis

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 20:48

Chop it back to about 4 inches now, at the same time give it some 1.1.1 food.

You will then have a good floriferous plant next year, probably not the true Multi Blue, most plants sold with this name are sports from the real Multi Blue.

PROBLEM WITH CLEMATIS FLORIDA ALBA PLENA

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 21:23

Hawthornes Nursery, Dave, in Lancashire.

PROBLEM WITH CLEMATIS FLORIDA ALBA PLENA

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 08:42

Taylors plants are top quality, Chris sells excellent plants.

PROBLEM WITH CLEMATIS FLORIDA ALBA PLENA

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 20:44

I forgot to ask you, Dave, what size was the plant you bought ?   Was it in a 2 litre deep pot with good root system, or a small liner like they sell in Morrisons etc.?

PROBLEM WITH CLEMATIS FLORIDA ALBA PLENA

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 19:13
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 I have used this on the nursery with good results in the past, Dave.

It is not a ' risky strategy ' to prune clematis hard back at this time, or any other time, of year.

On an almost daily basis any weak looking or single stemmed clematis are chopped hard back here, some of the material is used for cuttings.

I have just butchered back a large batch of potted clematis Purpurea Plena Elegans this afternoon, in another month or so they will be sturdier, bushier plants.

PROBLEM WITH CLEMATIS FLORIDA ALBA PLENA

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 23:06

1.1.1. fertilizer has equal portions of nitrogen, phosphates and potash, plus trace elements.  A good all round feed.

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