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Clematis Question....

Posted by arabianqueen69 Zone 5 (My Page) on
Tue, May 26, 09 at 17:42

I have 2 clematis vines that i bought from lowe's and planted last year. one is a HF Young and the other i'm tryin to go off memory i believe it's a Violet clematis or something with a V LOL. this year they both bloomed in May, the HF young grew faster and produce 3 flowers, the Violet grew slower and produced 1 flower. they both are still relatively small since this is their 2nd year, really 1st full year. these get mornin sun and pretty much shade with lightly filtered sun the rest of the day. my question is what do i do after they have bloomed and the petals have fallen off? do i just let them be or do i need to deadhead the old flowers, will they produce more flowers this summer? Also in the fall should i leave them be or pruned to the ground?? last year i just let them be and new growth still grew. Thanks in advance for your help. :o)

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RE: Clematis Question....

I would Hard prune both of them since they have shown you their blooms for this year..this will allow the clematis to focus on growing bigger and stronger root system and next year they will be even better..DO NOT prune them down to the soil line..prune above the 3rd leaf axil or about 12 inches above the ground...Jeanne

RE: Clematis Question....

Agreed, hard prune them now and again early next spring about the same time you prune roses. This will help them grow more roots and more vines up from the crown. Otherwise, they tend to be scraggly. More vines means more flowers.

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