Clamatis - No Flower - Knowledgebase Question

Abington, PA
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Question by jmetzbmt
June 26, 2000
we have a clamatis that is about 4 to 5 feet high, nice green leaves, but NO flowers. We have it growing up a lamp post, around other flowers which are doing nicely.
We planted this last year, and I think it bloomed late in the summer.
So, my question is, where are the flowers, anything we can do to help it along??
Thank You!!

Answer from NGA
June 26, 2000
Clematis generally seem to grow slowly and bloom just a little the first two or three years while they are settling in. Improper pruning can reduce flowering since some types bloom on older wood, meaning wood from the previous year and in some cases, they will bloom in late summer on wood grown during the first part of the same season. (This might explain why it bloomed late last summer.) If it bloomed very late last season, you might have a fall blooming variety such as the Sweet Autumn Clematis which blooms in the fall with fragrant white flowers. Basically, the best you can do to help it along is keep the soil evenly moist and use an organic mulch to help keep the root zone cool and moist.

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