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How do you persuade your clematis to flower all the way up instead of only at the top. Is it because it is on a west facing fence?



It is usually because it is not being cut back properly. If you need advice on pruning then please let us have more details like how old it is and which clematis it is.

6 Sep, 2012


maybe nipping all the growing tips out will force it to bush out more and throw up more shoots but id leave it till spring .

6 Sep, 2012


You could try training some of the main stems horizontally.
That works for climbing roses.

6 Sep, 2012


Steragram is right. I have been told to train some stems horizontally on a fence or spirally round an obelisk in order to get blooms lower down. It seems to work quite well but you have to keep up with the tying in and be very gentle or the plant might decide to sulk or wilt!

7 Sep, 2012


it worked with my cherry tree training it and nipping the tip out as that got a bit top heavy .

8 Sep, 2012

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