A few plants I need help, please!

illinois(z6 S Illinois)October 21, 2005

I have a wigela,it's 2 years old and about 4ft., do I cut it back or leave it alone?

A white lilac, cut or no cut? It's 2 yrs.

A clematis which just had one bloom on it this year,it's 2. I had to move it this summer though.

Last one is a pampas grass with silvery green plumes I just bought and I was wondering if I have to cut it back after I plant it.

For all that can help I thank you in advance.

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Don't cut anything now.....
In the spring cut all the dead stuff off the pampas grass, do it early before any green shows.
If your spring bloomers, lilac and wigelia need pruning for shape, do it in the spring AFTER blooming....if they are not getting too big, do nothing.
In very early spring, cut the top growth on the clematis back by half...but you don't say what kind of clematis it is....I assume spring flowering.
Linda C

    Bookmark   October 21, 2005 at 12:10PM
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Peter60(Yorkshire UK)

Good advice there Illinois. I would just add that as a general rule prune immediately after flowering those shrubs that flower on the previous years growth. That gives them time to build up and ripen new wood which will flower the next year.
Prune in autumn or spring (spring in very cold climates) those shrub that flower on current years growths.

Observe your shrubs and you will soon learn their habits of growth.

As already mentioned the pruning of Clematis is dependent upon the type. Just a little about Clematis on my website - link below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Clematis

    Bookmark   October 22, 2005 at 9:03AM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

AAH....but Peter....how to know just what sort of clematis you have....when you buy them for a song at a season end sale!
I have adopted the wait and see mode for the 3 new strangers I bought in July.
Linda C

    Bookmark   October 22, 2005 at 11:41AM
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