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by TheGardenerGuy on June 23, 2006 12:08 PM
We have a large, purple clematis that is about 15 years old that blooms on new wood.
How do we get it to bloom all the way down the vine? It only blooms on top!
Its roots are shaded and has plenty of sun on top.

Greg

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by netwiz on June 23, 2006 12:35 PM
Hi Gardner guy,

This is from www.clematis.com
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The Category three varieties produce flowers from the current year's growth. These clematis tend to flower mid to late summer. They should be pruned in early spring, just as the dormant vine begins to grow. This should be a hard pruning leaving only one or two nodes of growth above the ground. This type of pruning will encourage vigorous growth. The Viticella varieties are examples of category three clematis.
Hope that helps!

Joanne
by joclyn on June 23, 2006 01:28 PM
if it is the kind that only blooms on new growth, it's never going to have flowers all along the vine - only on the area that has the newest growth.
by TheGardenerGuy on July 07, 2006 10:54 AM
I will try and get a pic of our clematis...
Not sure what type it is..It just finished blooming...
Weezie...I ,ight send it to you to post it here 4 me if thats ok...me and posting pics here don't go hand in hand...LOL

Greg

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by plantingnewb on July 07, 2006 04:42 PM
This is my Clematis right now.
Does it look anything like this?
Clematis
I think mine is a Jackmani Superba.
It was here when we moved in.
This is our 3rd summer and all I have done is watered it once in awhile.
Tammy
by hisgal2 on July 08, 2006 03:58 AM
GardenerGuy, I have 2 clematis that only grows on new wood like yours. In early spring, I prune the entire vine by taking off most of the small shoots and leaving any large vines. The clematis seems to do well with that. Hope that helps.

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by TheGardenerGuy on July 08, 2006 02:07 PM
It has larger leaves and a darker color...Sure wish i knew the name...Its been there a long time..

Greg

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by angelblossom on July 08, 2006 02:14 PM
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Originally posted by plantingnewb:
This is my Clematis right now.
Does it look anything like this?
Clematis
I think mine is a Jackmani Superba.
It was here when we moved in.
This is our 3rd summer and all I have done is watered it once in awhile.
Tammy

Tammy that is what I have and that's it at least that's what my package said and the back side of it looks like a bluish/purple and white star its beautiful don't ya think!
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by TheGardenerGuy on July 10, 2006 02:29 AM
Weezie is graciously helping me...so a pic of our clematis will be here soon..then we can get to the bottom of this on what type and when to prune! [flower] [gabby]

Greg

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by afgreyparrot on July 16, 2006 01:11 PM
Greg...here is your picture.
Sorry it took so long.

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by TheGardenerGuy on July 19, 2006 03:39 PM
Thanks so much for posting it...
Like i said its an old clematis...about 15 yrs old or so...
We prune it in the fall about a ft. off the ground...
Greg

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