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Aug 7, 2014 6:31 PM CST
|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.|
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.|
Aug 7, 2014 6:45 PM CST
|Well, that settles it. This year I'll go back to lazy mode and not bother pruning.|
Aug 7, 2014 6:46 PM CST
|So will I.|
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...
...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.
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.
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.|
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!|
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
Apr 13, 2015 9:32 PM CST
|remember... if it blooms before june... don't prune! ha|