четверг, 26 мая 2016 г.

Prune Clematis for Top to Bottom Blooms - Flower Patch Farmhouse

Prune Clematis for Top to Bottom Blooms - Flower Patch Farmhouse
Prune Clematis for Top to Bottom Blooms - Flower Patch Farmhouse

Prune Clematis for Top to Bottom Bloom

This is not how you prune your clematis generally. This post is really about how to renovate clematis that may be blooming all on top but down below is bare vines. Above is my Warsaw Nike clematis. It is in Group 3, a Summer bloomer that blooms on new wood on into Fall.


This method will also work on Group 1 & 2, you may sacrifice some blooms on any of them the first season after the renovation prune but it will give you top to bottom blooms. In the long run you get more blooms and a prettier plant.


This method can be done from November on into March. I choose November as I can access mine then, come any later and the ground could be covered in snow until June.

(when starting a new garden I do so in Fall as noted in this article, Start a Lazy Gal’s Garden)


This past Summer by Warsaw only bloomed way high at the top and did not re-bloom as prolifically as years prior. Notice the tangle at the top of the lattice and on the porch rails. If you follow it down you note the bare woody vines towards the base.


Prune Clematis to Refurbish and get Top to Bottom Blooms

I start by cutting the entire top back by a third. I just used the porch floor as my guideline and cut across the tangle of vines.


Prune Clematis to Refurbish and get Top to Bottom Blooms

This helps me to see which vines come from which canes at the bottom.


The bottom near the ground is overgrown with other plants which I need to remove to get a clear picture of the base of the clematis and what I am working with. So out with all the other plants. Nothing here is dear so I start yanking them out and tossing into the compost bucket.


Prune Clematis to Refurbish and get Top to Bottom Blooms

Clearing it all away shows me this…


Prune Clematis to Refurbish and get Top to Bottom Blooms

I have strong woody vines coming from the base, 5 good strong ones and one small one that is very limber. I pull the skinny limber one to the side so as not to accidentally cut it during my foray with the , and for larger vines I use the

By cutting the canes at the different lengths I will get new growth and blooms all along the plant from the base all the way to the top. Some suggest just cutting these to the ground every 3 years but I would have to sacrifice the height until the following year. This way I can still enjoy my clematis blooms covering this lattice all the way up to my porch railing.


So that leaves the long skinny more limber cane….I buried it along the ground, not deep, just under the soil..you can see the leaves on the left and under the bare dirt is the vine. This will stay this way all winter and if everything goes as planned it will root in more than one spot along the vine…


Prune Clematis to Refurbish and get Top to Bottom Blooms

like this one below…I know it doesn’t look that convincing but towards the center where there are some brownish leaves is a clematis that rooted where it touched the ground. I will dig this up and replant it elsewhere after severing the vine from the mother plant.


This is called layering…it is similar to Air Layering, like I shared in this post..Air Layering for Propagating Roses


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Next Summer I will show you how well my newly renovated Clematis is doing. Now I have about 5 more I need to do this to.


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Happy Gardening!


Original article and pictures take http://www.flowerpatchfarmhouse.com/prune-clematis-top-bottom-blooms/ site


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