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Richard Hodson

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Clematis Rebecca died suddenly after planting

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 19:04

Not dead, not wilt.  Lift the plant carefully using a garden fork, then stand it in a bucket of cold water for 2-3 hours.  Dig the hole deeper than before, chop the plant back to about 20 cms  then plant it, then water it again...........and again.........and again.

The what and when of feeding clematis

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 22:22

No benefit cutting the seedheads off the Helsingborg, you should get new growth soon. which will produce flowers later in the season, Alionushka one of the best herbaceous clematis you can find, needs some support through a shrub or obelisk, but has stunning pink bell flowers later season.

Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 22:17

When planting a late flowering variety of clematis it is advisable to firstly stand the plant in a bucket of cold water for a couple of hours, then to plant the clematis 3 or 4 inches deeper than it is in the pot, then water the area round the plant thoroughly.

The saying about keeping the roots cool is not correct, it is moisture they need not cool temperatures.

( I hope the plant we are discussing is a 2 year old plant in a 2 litre deep pot )

Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 13:24

Not clematis wilt, why does everyone mention wilt when talking about clematis ?

It is because the roots are too dry, throw the tiles away from off the roots, they harbour slugs and prevent water getting In.


please id this clematis

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 14:59


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 ?

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