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Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: Today at 13:24

The 30cms. top growth on Morrisons cheap clematis is irrelevant, this would be used as cutting material on a traditional nursery, the root system would be potted on into a 2 litre deep pot for another 12 months or so and the new top growth chopped back regularly, then the clematis would be a saleable size, and plantable.

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: Today at 09:08

Wow, £1.79 for little diddy clematis liners at Morrisons, what a rip-off !!

Real nurseries would not sell clematis plants to the gardening public in this form.

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:36

Spot on, treehugger, the traditional British garden centre is under threat, these guys should stick to selling their cheap tins of Spam.

New Clematis Armandii

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:41

Any of the viticellas will look good there, what is your colour preference ?

I have 112 different viticella.


New Clematis Armandii

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 21:23

Clematis wilt is not so common as people think.  It attacks mainly the large blousy Group  2 clematis which flower on last years wood.

The clematis armandii is a beautiful Chinese species which is a thug once established, but there are many more failures than successes when growing this plant.

Dig it up and plant a ' proper ' clematis, Group 3 viticella, texensis, or viorna hybrid on your South facing wall.

Group 3 clematis.

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 20:02

Don't forget........tomorrow, 14th February........butcher your Group 3 clematis down to the ground.        The St. Valentines Day Massacre.

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 19:36

No.   It's only a 10 minute job to replant, but entirely your shout.

By the way, there is no pruning group 4.

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 19:01

This is a picture of Star of India in the garden here, a superb old cultivar, almost 150 years old.

She is, however, rather prone to powdery mildew, which is not a killer but is unsightly, for that reason it is best planted deep and given plenty of water during the growing season.

If the roots dry out and the plant is stressed that is when powdery mildew kicks in.

It doesn't go away.

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 18:04

If you are unsure which Group your clematis are in then Google ' Clematis On The Web ', then look on A - Z and find details of your plant.

This website is used by clematis enthusiasts worldwide and is a fantastic reference book for approx. 3500 varieties of clematis.

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 11:47

Not all clematis benefit from being planted deep.  In my experience the Viticella Group, Viorna Group, some of the ' herbaceous ' should be planted deeper.

Viticellas definitely need the crown burying 4 to 6 inches below ground.

I do not plant Atragene Group, Tangutica Group and many of the species deep.

This is why I asked ' Red Dahlia ' which cultivars had been planted.

Also I am concerned when Red Dahlia said he/she had followed the growers instructions, were these plants purchased from a grower ?

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