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Don't see new buds down low

Posted by ginnyginny Zone 9 Calif (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 24, 13 at 17:21

I read to cut one year old clematis back to 8-18" being sure you have two sets of healthy buds.

In both cases the buds even at 2-3 feet look small and possibly dry, certainly no growth. There is green growth several feet up in fact one of them has flowers way up high now!

Should I go ahead and cut them way back and expect those buds to fatten up and do their thing?


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RE: Don't see new buds down low

Yes. Hard pruning for the first couple of seasons is the way to go. Don't worry about the presence of buds.......IME, buds tend to form from the top down :-) Look for where the leaves were attached. There should be some remnants of the petioles or at least a small scar on the stem. This is where the buds will form so you can cut back to the second set of these leaf scars safely.

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