Did I kill my clematis?

fillagirlNovember 7, 2010

I was preparing my yard for winter yesterday, and went to tear down some vines from my Perle D'azur clematis, which I just planted this summer. I wasn't planning on pruning, just looked and thought I'd pull off the vines from the trellis.

I ripped too hard and took the woody stem right out at ground level!! Yikes, have I killed this clematis? I am so sad, it was so beautiful....

Based on your experience/expertise with clematis, what do you think?

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bob414(USDA 9, Sunset 15)

It should come back next spring. Mulch the area and protect it just as you would if the vine was still there. Clematis should be cut back severely the first couple of years to encourage more vines from the ground.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2010 at 11:45AM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

You probably did it some good! I had planted a Crystal Foutain a couple years ago and accidentally chopped it off to a 6 inch stump, no leaves, no flowers, nothing but a bare stick in the mud. I just kept it watered like it was still going to grow lol. The next year it came back like gangbusters!

    Bookmark   November 7, 2010 at 3:51PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

No, you didn't kill it. Pruning helps Clematis.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2010 at 3:36PM
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I hope you're all correct, but I did yank on it and it came right off, nothing left above ground and it was quite a thick woody stem.

I guess I'll have to wait until next spring to find out if I killed it or helped it!!! Thanks for all responses.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2010 at 3:42PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

That Clematis is a Type III hard prune every year.

All Clematis should be hard pruned their first couple of years to get them off to a good start.

You didn't kill it.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 11:24AM
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