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Clematis

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Question: 456-3510
I have been using a liquid fertilizer on my Clematis. I cut it back last year. Will it bloom? Ann, Westerly, RI

Mort's Answer:
I do not like to cut back most clematis. Jackmani is an exception to this rule of thumb. Clematis likes cool wet feet and a dry top. A trellis is esssential for clematis. A hands on treatment of mulch each year will bring fruition to your efforts.

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Question: 923-1513
My purple flowering Clematis looks sick. I bought it last year and it did well. I had it on a stick but that has blown away and it has fallen over. Should I prune it? Janice, Niantic, CT

Mort's Answer:
Try bending the branches. If they bend and not break, then the plant lives. You probably have the popular C.davidiana, the most hardy in southern New England. Clematis is from the Greek meaning slender vine. It prefers a sunny top and a cool bottom near the roots. You can transplant at this time of year. It will need a more sturdy trellis, perhaps a fan. You can cut back the ends to strengthen the stems. A good wood mulch with some aged manure will help absorb moisture and keep her feet cool. It should grow to four feet and rarely more.

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Question: 995-3313
Can I trim back my clematis now ? It is about six feet high on a trellis. Gary, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Clematis love a sunny top and wet feet. This means that you can heap six inches of mulch over the crown to keep it moist at the bottom. You could trim back a foot now or wait until leaf fall. I would wait. This year has produced a lot of growth in New England because of the unusual weather. I expect continued good growth and maybe additional blooms this year.

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Question: 1032-4213
How much can I cut back my Clematis? Tisch, Uncasville, CT

Mort's Answer:
Clematis like very little pruning. Like all shrubs all the dead wood should be removed. If the plant has outgrown its trellis, you can cut some of the extended growth. It is better to erect another larger one for the vigorous plants and transplant the vine. Clematis do well with a mulched shady bottom to keep its feet wet. They also want a sunny top. Sometimes the old wooden trellises rot and can be replaced with a metal larger support.

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Question: 1408-517
What can I plant this spring on my barren chain link fence? I like clematis. I do not want something that will require continual pruning. Karen,Townsend, MA

Mort's Answer:
Clematis is an excellent choice as is Boston Ivy. Clematis likes cool damp feet with a warm head. A mix of half wood chip and peat will satisfy easily. You will like the bronze leaves of the ivy as an off set to the colorful clematis. Parthenocissus tricuspidata is often mistake as poison ivy but that is not a liability.

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Question: 1458-3717
I have a Clematis that has been lush for the 10 years that I had it. It has never bloomed. I have used an all-purpose fertilizer in the last two years. Any suggestions? Fred, Cranston, RI

Mort's Answer:
Clematis requires cool shady feet and a warm top. You might consider transplanting this fall after the leaves drop. In the meantime if you decide to leave it where it is you can cut it back to six feet. A wood mulch of five to six inches will help keep the feet cool. Stop fertilizing for another three years. Clematis is a low feeder.

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