Tell us your thoughts and tips on growing Clematis. Show us your prettiest. Any comments or questions welcome.
Latest Activity: Apr 12
Started by ze johns. Last reply by Elizabeth Fowler Aug 5, 2012.
Started by D Briggs. Last reply by Arden Jul 28, 2012.
Started by Sampath Kumar. Last reply by Joan *Flower Angel*.. Z-8 Apr 18, 2012.
Marga, I'll try that with my small Pink Macropetala Clematis in full sun in the Rock garden. Of course this will be in the early Summer after it blooms. The Macropetala only bloom once a year, and is just loaded full of colorful blooms.
@JAN - I DO NOT HAVE MACROPETALA CLEMATIS IN MY GARDENS - I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU CUT BACK "ONE" OF THEM 1/4 - 1/2 INCH ABOVE THE GROUND AFTER THE FIRST BLOOMS DURING THE SPRING - NEW FOLIAGE SHOULD RE-APPEAR DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS AND RE-BLOOM WHICH HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE - I DO THIS WITH ALL MY CLEMATIS PLANTS WHICH ARE IN FULL SUN - NOW IF THEY ARE IN THE SHADE - IT WILL BE A SLOW PROCESS AND I WOULD NOT SUGGEST THAT THEY BE CUT BACK BECAUSE IT IS THE INTENSITY OF FULL SUN WHICH CAUSES THEM TO RE-GROW AND RE-BLOOM AGAIN - IT HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE THAT CLEMATIS GROW BEST IN FULL SUN.
Marga, I use natural fertilizer on all my plants also! Do you think it would be better to cut back the Macropetala's in the Spring after they bloom again. How far should they be cut back? I have always did what the so called experts call for. Some are only to be pruned only the dead wood according to the book. But if I understand what you're saying I should cut them back all the way to the ground in early Spring.
@JAN SUMMER IS COMING TO A CLOSE AND NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO CUT BACK ANYTHING -- CUTTING BACK IS USUALLY DONE IN THE LATE FALL BEFORE FROST OR EARLY SPRING AFTER FROST -- FERTILIZING DURING THE SPRING-SUMMER INCREASES BLOOMS -- I USE ONLY COMPOST = NATURAL-ORGANIC FERTILIZER ON EVERYTHING
Does anyone know if I can cut all Clematis back to the ground now or should I wait.... til late fall? Even though I have lots of Clematis I think they look really bad. My Lady Diane only has 2 blooms and has lots of foliage.... Many had the dreaded WILT.
Hi all, my Jackimiana I posted on the 5th of August by keeping him cool in my garage took 1st place at another Garden Club Show in my area....
@ELIZABETH - DARK FOLIAGE CANNOT TOLERATE SUN -- ONE RULE WHICH IS TRUE IS THAT THE DARKER THE FOLIAGE = SHADE -- DURING THE SUMMER HOT MONTHS - IF YOU DO NOT WATER YOUR PLANTS REGULARLY THEY WILL DRY OUT AND DIE -- ANNUALS ARE GONE FOR GOOD BUT MOST PERENNIALS WILL DEFINITELY RETURN AGAIN IN THE SPRING --
I had a lovely big pot of New Guinea Impatiens and I thought because the foliage was dark it could take the sun or so I was told ,seems we took our eye off for a short time and they were dead.Can't take full sun,we have to use common sense which I did not.
Jan, I agree, Venosa Violacea are tough, I think it was the heat and it dried out once to often. Adding more mulch would have been a good idea also. AND New Guinea Imps seem to do better in part shade for me also.
Marga,i don't have a place to bring the mandevillas in to but we have the each spring and they are wonderful,the two we bought this spring were marked climbers but I questioned the "master gardener" at Lowes and she promised they were climbers and guess what I was right and we took good care of them but they died anyway,I'm having my husband take them back for a refund and or store credit for next spring,I bet you next year what I get will be climbers ,they are beautiful and I love the bright red ones. Thanks
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