Belle of Woking not blooming

annakins4(Zone 4)May 15, 2011

I have 2 Belle of Woking in different areas of my garden for 4 years now. Lots of shoots- no blooms. They are both paired with shrub roses that I planted at the same time as the clematis. The roses have bloomed wonderfully. Soil is probably more acid due to clay, but I have taken most of the clay out and added good soil, compost, and manure. There are 3 other clematis in the same area as these 2 and have never had a problem blooming. I guess what I'm wondering is if Belle of Woking is slow to get started or am I doing something wrong.I would like to see some blooms this year.

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tracyvine(6 NE Ohio)

Belle of Woking is a type 2 clematis and blooms will form off of old wood, I'm wondering if perhaps you cut it back this spring. If not then it could just be the cold and wet spring we've had so far. I know that my Proteus is a little slow with the lack of sunshine we've had. I looked Belle of Woking up on the COTW and it says that she should bloom May, June and a second blooming in September. I'm sure you will see some buds and blooms this summer, may just have to wait a bit longer is all.

Tracy

Here is a link that might be useful: COTW

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 6:06PM
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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

And it is still early in your zone 4

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 8:10AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

I don't have B of W, but I do live in a similarly cold zone. One of the issues with my type 2's (I have Niobe, Guernsey Cream, Daniel Deronda, The President, and HF Young as my only type 2's) is that often winter prunes them to ground level so they don't get the really early flush of blooms that many folks in warmer climates get. This year, Daniel D and G. Cream are the only ones that retained old wood, so they will bloom in the next few weeks, while the others may not bloom until summer. I have not yet gotten a second flush of blooms on any of them - I think my growing season is just too short. Depending on how fast your soil warms up and how short your growing season is, you may have some of the same issues with the type 2 pruners that I have. I mostly grow type 1 (Attragene group, which are just starting to bloom now) and type 3, which do best pruned hard each winter.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 4:04PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

I forgot to add that my Attragenes don't seem to have the winter die back issues that the type 2 large-flowered hybrids have.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 4:09PM
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