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  • Clematis problems

    Posted by Sheila Eldridge on Monday, March 26, 2012 1:06 PM ADT

    Hi: I have a clematis growing on a trellis and it isn't doing very well; lots of leaves with few blossoms. The new growth is starting to come on the deadwood; should I cut it back to the ground in the Spring and is there some kind of fertilizer that would help with the growth of the blossoms. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • re: Clematis problems

      Posted by Mike Stroud on Saturday, April 14, 2012 11:02 PM ADT

      Usually you should cut the vines back to about 12 inches or so in the spring. Blooms are on the new wood. How long has it been in that location? I have found that the first year or two are not great for blooms but then they seem to settle in and don't need much in the way of care. I have a Jacmani on the south side of the house that is covered with blooms and has been blooming for the last twenty years with only mulching and spring pruning.

    • re: Clematis problems

      Posted by dinah young on Sunday, May 20, 2012 12:12 PM ADT

      the leaves on my clematis have brown spots,please tell me what to do

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