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Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 13:22

If you planted your Summer flowering clematis correctly you would have planted them about 6 inches deeper than they were in the pot.

Then in February you would chop them right down to the floor, to encourage new stems from below ground.


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 21:44

Yes, very true, Bob the Gardener.  Also many clematis can have slightly different coloured flowers on the same plant as the flowers mature, this is particularly noticeable on Arabella, which starts as a very deep purple then opens to a pale lilac blue, as you say difficult to photograph accurately.

Victoria, which plants have you been ' tricked ' in to buying ?


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 17:44

Night Veil is a superb member of the viticella family and is one of the plants in my National Collection of Viticellas.  Gravetye Beauty is not very floriferous, Purple Spider is an early flowering atragene, Romantika tends to get powdery mildew, nice plant, though.

Also, Etoile Violette has yellow stamens and is ideal for growing in tandem with other yellow plants.


Coffee granules

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:47

Apparently, or allegedly, it is illegal to put coffee grounds round plants to keep slugs away. 

It is in contravention of the EU regulations.......look it up !!!

How crazy are we getting ?

Clementis Pruning

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 14:54

Your clematis will be a tangutica or orientalis and is a Group 3, BUT, it is best unpruned until about April when you should see some new green shoots on the plant, then cut it back to about 3 ft.

Most Group 3 are chopped back almost to the ground in February, but the yellows in my experience are best treated differently.

Also, you should still have plenty of seed heads on your plant, the birds love these for lining their nests. ( try sowing a few in a zippy freezer bag with damp vermiculite, they are easy )

" If it flowers before June, do not prune ", means that the atragenes, montanas, Early Large Flowered Hybrids, should not be pruned hard back as they flower on last year's wood.

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 18:36

Christmas Cheer

Clematis present

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 08:43

The important factor when purchasing a clematis is to look at the root system, the foliage, flowers, fancy labels are not really an issue. Most clematiis are deciduous ( unless you purchase 1 of the so-called evergreen varieties, many of which look foul in our Summer months ).

The majority of clematis have thick brownish, bootlace, type roots with white growing tips.


Clematis present

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 22:49

Oops, sorry !!

What would I know about clematis ?

Clematis present

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 21:32

Plant them both, they will be OK, it is just natural dieback of the foliage. Do you know which varieties they are ?

Scented white phlox .

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:32

White Admiral is fantastic at present, tall, mildew free, good scent.

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Group 3 clematis.

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