I just planted a clematis this spring. It was looking terrible, only about
6 inches tall, and so I pinched it way back and now it is coming back okay,
probably a foot and a half long and two rungs up on the trellis. My
question is, will I have any blooms this year, doesn't look good so far, and
how big can I expect it to get next year? I am in Cold Zone 3, my sister
has an old beautiful one at her house, it was there before she moved in, so
she doesn't know how long it takes to establish.
Anyone out there help me?
It likely won't bloom this year but you should see blooms
next season. As far how large it will grow next year, that
depends on several things - the weather, the variety, where
it is planted. You need to do some research on the variety
you planted, especially pertaining to pruning. One good
site to visit (and the are MANY more on the net) is
Do a google search,
and you will find all the information you need to keep your
clematis healthy for many years. I have two that are over
20 years old (pictures of them are on my web site).
A general rule of thumb with clematis is it takes 3 years to become well
established. You won't see any more blooms this season, but you will get
some next season. The following year, you should get lots of blooms and it
should really take off after that. Be sure to prune it properly depending
on which type of clemetis it is. You may also need to offer some winter
protection depending on which clematis you have.
How big the plant will get really depends on which cultivar you have. Some
clematis only grow 4' to 6' tall, while others can reach 30' tall.
Matt in MI
Check out the Washington Post's website (Garden section). Excellent article
written by (I think) a guy at the National Arboretum is excellent & will
tell you everything you want to know. It's a registry site BTW.
Long & short: Ideally, dig a hole 4 feet deep (yes, four). Two is OK, but
digging only to the contours of the nursery post delays development. Foliage
likes sun, roots like it cool and damp. 3 years needed for good blooming, so
be patient. Good luck.
We planted a 'President' Clematis in late June. It is in full sun and has
gotten plenty of water. It seems to be dying from the top down. The top
has brown leaves and the next lower ones are turning brown. What am I doing
wrong or what should I be doing to save this plant. Thanks for any help.
Newly planted large flowering hybrid clematis are often subject to clematis
wilt, a vascular problem which prevents moisture and nutrients from being
drawn up through the plant tissues. The plant wilts and dries up, typically
from the top down. Cut back below the lowest signs of damage and keep the
plant well watered. It should come back fine next season - clematis wilt is
For future reference, species clematis are much more resistant to wilt than
the hybrids and you can often outsmart the wilt by careful planting. This
is a case of preparing a $50 planting hole for a $10 plant. Dig a hole 18"
deep and as wide and incorporate some compost into the back fill. Plant the
clematis 4-6" deeper than it was in the nursery container and water in well.
This will encourage the vine to produce additional shoots from the root
crown - the more top growth in terms of stems or vines, the less likely the
plant is to suffer from wilt. Clematis are also heavy feeders. Apply a
complete rose fertilizer to the root zone every 6 weeks during the growing
pam - gardengal
Probably nothing. Mine look a bit ragged (brown leaves and vines)
too, but that's normal for them. It takes a year or two to become
established. Mulching with compost now will pay off next year. Be
careful when you prune, if not sure don't touch it.
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