Clematis forum: Fewer blooms this year

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Aug 7, 2014 6:31 PM CST

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I don't know whether I should blame this on the drought or on over-judicious pruning. I usually don't get around to pruning every year, but this year I managed to prune every one of my clematises. The results were not as impressive as I had hoped. Some didn't bloom at all, and even the ones that did bloom did not put on their usual impressive show.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 7, 2014 6:37 PM CST
Same here, Zuzu and we're not in a drought. I pruned hard and wish now that I hadn't. Some that I only got around to pruning because the old stems really annoyed me, did bloom in July. Many others almost skipped this year.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Aug 7, 2014 6:45 PM CST

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Well, that settles it. This year I'll go back to lazy mode and not bother pruning.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 7, 2014 6:46 PM CST
So will I.
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Aug 7, 2014 8:10 PM CST
I have many youngins and I long for the day that the old stems really annoy me and I ponder the decision to prune or not to prune...
and a few self pruning, like this one--I thought it was dead and then it came back to life. It looks dead again, right now. I hope it comes back to life again next year...
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...and only one so far that I must prune-- jouiniana praecox. I chopped it to nubs this spring and it has grown about 25ft in all directions this year. I need to move it. It is blooming its fool head off though.


Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 7, 2014 8:15 PM CST
Not many put on a splendid show this year. More than disappointing.

The good news of the day is that Florida Sieboldii, which Zuzu grows so well, is not dead. It now has two green leaves. Hope springs eternal.
Name: Sherrill
Elk Grove, CA (Zone 9b)
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Ecograndma
Aug 24, 2014 4:51 PM CST
I am having the opposite problem. My clematis have been blooming non stop since this spring. My Elsa Spath and Allanah are putting on a show right now.
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Oct 6, 2014 6:30 PM CST
I have a few that I prune each year like Princess Diana, Margaret Hunt and Odoriba and they consistently grow back well. Hey, but if lazy works, that is the best!
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Apr 13, 2015 9:32 PM CST
remember... if it blooms before june... don't prune! ha

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