What to do with Belle of Woking in zone 9b?
Hello clem lovers everywhere!
I have an approximately 2 year-old containerized Belle of Woking started from bare root bought at the home improvement store. After sulking during the first year, this spring it decided to put out a lot of growth and I was actually blessed with one bloom in May! The leaves fried a bit during our hot summer here in Southern California but despite that, it's holding up pretty well. Currently, with the cooler weather, it's undergoing a growth spurt and sprouting two stems near wherever the growing tips were previously burnt during our hotter days. Is it okay to continue to let the plant grow at this rate and when shall I consider pruning? I heard Belle of Woking blooms on old wood. Any special treatment I should give it during the coming fall and winter months? I'd really love to see this clematis covered in blooms one day!
Thank you all!