I have a potted clematis that I bought about er....5 months ago... When I first got it it was in good shape, and I put it on my balcony against a trellis. It did begin to grow up the trellis and then...nothing. The plant was technically alive but totally stagnant. No new discernible growth.
Anyway about two weeks ago a guest accidentally bumped the pot and it fell over and so naturally it pulled a bit on the vine that was connected to the trellis. But I don't think it caused any real damage...the leaves seem still alive.
Anyway, I'm thinking that this plant needs a kick-start...that maybe I should just cut the growth to just a few inches above the soil line? Or is this not a good time to do that since it's getting cooler and the days shorter?
Should I NOT cut it back, and just let it go dormant and then see what happens with the plant in the Spring? And is the Spring a time when you would normally cut back a Clematis anyway....maybe early Spring after the danger of frost has passed?