Clematis forum: My first ever clematis

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Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 2, 2016 12:16 PM CST
Finally got it in a pot. This is clematis ligusticifolia, 'Western White Clematis', blooms in midsummer. Its a perrenial, so am I right to assume I can treat it like any other perrenial and whack off any bits that get out of bounds? That would be any attempt to overgrow my neighbor's shed. Mobile home lots are small and close, donchano. Now to figure out exactly WHEN midsummer might be around here, I guess it will be whenever the clematis blooms. Reading this forum is making me want more of them.


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Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 2, 2016 1:02 PM CST
Try not to whack off pieces but encourage them to grow on your form by twirling them around the metal pieces. They are the pieces that will provide blooms.

This article states it can get to 15' so you just might want to scout out a place where it can roam freely.
https://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=2040

This article states 20' for your 'Western White' clematis!
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 2, 2016 1:18 PM CST
My "plan" is to twine it around those top pieces and then start it back down, like a curtain. I've also thought about using some of those Shepherd's Hooks to drape it around the general area.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
May 2, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Have fun training it. At 15 to 20' it will keep you busy!
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 2, 2016 7:42 PM CST
Do they only bloom from the end of the stem? Or can they bloom from other places? Would early pinching help, or am I living in a fantasy world?
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
May 2, 2016 8:01 PM CST
I wouldn't pinch!

My photo program isn't cooperating right now but I'll try again in the morning.

Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
May 2, 2016 8:06 PM CST
These photos should help with your questions:
Clematis (Clematis montana subsp. montana)
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 2, 2016 10:36 PM CST
Ok, I kinda get it. This thing will do its own thing and I'll adjust my thinking when I find out what its "thing" is. I can wait. There are lots of other plants to play with while I wait for midsummer. Thanks for the info.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
May 3, 2016 7:12 AM CST
It can go wild so have fun watching it and don't fear transplanting it if it gets too wild.
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 3, 2016 7:52 AM CST
This is like having kids. I told them several times that if I wanted teenagers I would have had them in the first place. All I wanted was the little baby. Now I've got a potential monster in the garden because I wanted those pretty flowers. Hilarious! There's no problem moving it since its in a pot. This WILL be fun. Sighing!
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
May 3, 2016 8:27 AM CST
Great attitude!

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