Excess clems

cohouserJuly 25, 2009

Back when there were lots of clems for sale locally, I bought a few too many and didn't get them all planted before summer temperatures arrived. A couple of them started to look kind of iffy, so I sank them into the ground in their pots. They perked up very impressively, so now I'm doing them same for the others, to keep them happy until the weather gets cooler and I've figured out where the heck I'm going to put them.

Here's my question: I'd like to cut them back so they don't get all tangled up with one another (I have to sink them close together). But will that encourage root growth and cause them to get rootbound in their pots? I'm still trying to get the hang of cutting back when it's not on the regular pruning schedule.

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I cut one back today. I seem to always have several dozen plants in pots waiting to be planted.....

    Bookmark   July 25, 2009 at 10:47PM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

I see that having a pot ghetto is not a phenomenon limited to rose growers, lol!

Sorry I can't offer you any advice. I am too newb to have any. :o)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 8:58AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I tell my husband it is a "nursery"

Several dozen is a low estimate......

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 11:22AM
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So, BorS, you're comfortable cutting back even in summer when necessary -- can you give me your rationale? I've gotten the impression that when you cut back, you stimulate root growth, and isn't this potentially a bad thing when a well-developed clem is in a pot?

Than I've also gotten the impression that when you prune, you stimulate top growth, which is why pruning generally isn't done in the fall; but I've been told it would be OK in the situation where my place is going to be painted in September or October and I've got clems close to the house.

So I'm trying to get these things clear in my mind and... I'm confused.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 9:14PM
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