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This clematis (the president) is in the next planter to the ailing Clematis (name unknown); like other plants I've planted such as honeysuckle, russian ivy, fallopia auberti, they are now towering obove the 6 ft trellis! Some are up to 12ft supported by canes. None have flowered. Do i cut them back or let them grow?



I can tell you how and when to prune 'The President', Ian. It's a group 2 Clem, so it only needs a very light prune to tidy it up in early spring - maybe to keep it the size yoi want it.

I'm surprised that your other climbers are doing so well, if they're in the same sized planters. You can prune them after they've flowered to keep them to the size you want them... What you haven't said is a) how much sun do they get and b) have you been feeding them and on what? Also - how old they are.

17 Aug, 2010


I am in no way an expert but I was once told to train clematis horizontally to promote flowering. I also grow about 14 Clematis in planters and pots, I use John Innes 3, replace top couple inches of compost carefully every year, feed regularly, treat for vine weevil (prevention) and they grow and flower very well in a lot of cases better than those growing in the ground.

17 Aug, 2010


Not heard that Cestrian, i get plenty of flowers on my clematis when they're trained vertically so i think they must be happy either way :-)

18 Aug, 2010


You are probably right Louise1, I was told this years ago when new to gardening and must have had success and took it as being true,it may have been done as a way to cover wider area of trellis. I now grow a lot with obelisks and continue to do that to stop being top heavy.

18 Aug, 2010


I think it was probably to encourage the shoots to spread out rather than end up in one tangle, Cestrian. I do try to tie each individual stem in - not always easy though!

18 Aug, 2010

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