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Should I have cut some of these new clematis shoots as soon as they started? Last year there were 3 new shoots from each of the 2 clematis plants. This year all of these came through at once - there must have been about 20 new shoots for each plant. Is this normal? The shoots seem to be growing quite slowly compared to last year and so far only one flower has opened and I'm wondering whether the plant has wasted too much energy in growing so many shoots instead of flowers.

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No - you have a very happy and healthy Clematis there! Do you know which one it is? They all flower at different times of the year, so a name would be helpful.

Pruning also depends on which one it is.

7 Jun, 2012


Wow that looks healthy you must have got the planting conditions/depth just right. My guess is it is perhaps one of the Montanna's ? as it is so vigorous. Have you fed it?

7 Jun, 2012


Ah, I'm glad to hear I haven't done the wrong thing. both these plants came with the house.

These are the same two clematis that I put a picture up (from last year) a few days ago asking what the names were. The one on the right has been identified as a "Josephine" but the one the left which I thought was a Dr Ruppell is still a mystery as some people thought it didn't look like a Dr Ruppell at all. The pictures I put up then were from last year. The Josephine has 3 flowers right at the bottom of the plant (but nothing else) The other one has still not opened. As soon as it does I'll put a picture up sohopefully it can be identified.

Last year I cut them right back in Winter (not sure I did the right thing then.

7 Jun, 2012


I think the one on the left is Mrs N Thompson.

7 Jun, 2012


Looks like it might be. Looking at my pics from last year, I also realised the ones that show it in full bloom were taken in mid October! So maybe I am just being impatient LOL. Its normal for they to flower late maybe :)
Thanks Drc

7 Jun, 2012


Yes it flowers in May/June and again in September/Oct. Its pruning group 2 the RHC say - Clematis in pruning group two are the large-flowered hybrids that flower in May to June and should be pruned in late winter or early spring and after the first flush of flowers in summer.

7 Jun, 2012


Ah right. I don't think it ever flowered twice since we've been here. It just seems to start flowering late summer and then carry on for a while. They are usually the last flowers in the garden.

7 Jun, 2012


Late flowers are always very welcome.

7 Jun, 2012

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