Richard Hodson

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Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 07:40

We don't have any proof that your plant actually is Star of India, often these imported small liner clematis sold by the multiples are wrongly labelled or sometimes the labels get mixed up, only time will tell.  How big is the Ballerina rose ?  A blue/purple herbaceous integrifolia clematis growing through it would certainly make a great feature, easy, no maintenance, but lots of flowers over the Summer months.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 20:44

Herbaceous clematis Arabella has some flowers with 4, and some with 5, tepals.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 20:34

Actually clematis don't have petals, they have tepals, but that is irrelevant.  A mature Star of India should have very large flowers, purple with a red bar, and yes some clematis have 4, 5, 6 tepals on flowers on the same plant.  This is Star of India here growing through a shrub rose Ballerina.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 20:11

You say they are planted deep ?  So chop them hard back, they will send up new shoots, you need to aim for a large rootstock, maybe 30 cms across, buried quite deep, with 20 or 30 stems coming from it,  then you will have a clematis worth talking about,  Star of India and Ville de Lyon are both excellent cultivars, both very old, but they take a few years to establish, concentrate on the roots, forget the stems and flowers.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 19:07

Nothing wrong with them, I would chop them down to the floor if I was you.

Climbing across my fence

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 20:25

The reason I ask is because of the offer in yesterdays paper, a full page Thompson & Morgan advert for clematis napaulensis.............' Evergreen, scented, clematis ' .............' sheds its leaves in Summer '

Climbing across my fence

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:03

Question.............Should  a clematis that flowers in Winter but loses all its foliage in Summer be described as ' evergreen ' ?         I am thinking of clematis napaulensis which looks dead in Summer then refurbishes late September.

Pruning Clematis

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 22:53

You can make most clematis flower when you want them to do, within reason. For example, the Large Flowered Hybrids are split into 2 groups, Early and Late, easy to adjust these by altering pruning regimes. Your montanas are Group 1, flowering on old wood in May/ June, then they will put a few flowers on in September, on new wood. The viticellas, viornas and many of the species can be controlled by pruning, some plants respond well to only pruning half of the stems, to give a continuation of bloom. 


Posted: 08/09/2016 at 19:25

Clematis florida sieboldiana has a beautiful flower but is not easy to grow.  I grow it in a very big terracotta pot with a metal obelisk, then cut it hard back when it has finished flowering and bring it inside  the greenhouse and keep it dry over Winter, I do not water until I see active growth in Spring, same with sister plant florida flore pleno.

Clematis gone wild

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 07:29

Excellent answer and advice.

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