Newbie with questions...

iselacb(z10/sCA)March 31, 2005

I recently found out I have this vine growing on the side of my house. I love the red flowers and think they are so beautiful and exotic! But I have no idea how to take care of it. It is really overgrown and growing all over the place. Many of the leaves are turning brown and flowers are only blooming way up high, and it's just messy and brown at eye level. What should I do to maintain and care for the plant? Is there a way to make the flowers bloom on the older/lower vines? Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated for this very needy newbie! Thanks!

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Krstofer(Zone 7 (ish))

Sounds like it's happy so keep doing what your doing.

i believe they only throw flowers on new growth, so the solution would be to carefully trim it back a bit. You can go in and remove all the dead stuff right now, then just clip it back some- it will sprout new growth from the older vines you leave, Might be a good time to train it onto something as well.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2005 at 9:40PM
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lighter(z9 TX)

It sounds like you have a clematis - they are stunning. Clematis require different styles of pruning depending on what kind of clematis you own. But you can worry about that after you get more experience. Brown leaves are easy to tug and pull off, then you should be able to see the new growth on main vines.

Enjoy your vine, they are very beautiful. p.s.- my passion flower vine is blooming so I share your admiration!!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2005 at 12:25PM
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