Clematis stem accidentally damaged, what to do

Antonio_GrApril 1, 2014

Hello everyone,
I am completely new to the whole gardening experience, and I have spent the last few weeks building up some nice borders in my patio and all was going well but I did a bit of a stupid thing today.
Essentially, my clematis which I planted a few weeks ago is growing nicely and had a shoot of about 6-8cm above ground, but it was angled away from the fence, so I bravely (stupidly) decided to tie it to some support and guide it that way...unfortunately I was a bit too blunt with the plant and I ended up squeezing the thin stem about half way up too much and I think I ruined it (it is bent now).
What should I do?!? Will it repair itself if I just leave it? Do I just cut it off? I know it is early still in the season, so it could grow back nicely in no time, but I don't want to do anything too rash!
Thanks for your help!

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gardengal48

Just leave it - it will regenerate from the broken point or, with luck and proper planting, you will get additional stem growth from the crown.

This is a perfect example of why it is important to plant clematis vines deeply to encourage additional stem development - with the baby plants, those newly emerging stems are too delicate and far too vulnerable to damage. Always a good idea to maximize the growth potential by planting deeply to encourage multiple stem growth.

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