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by BFVISION on February 21, 2005 03:08 PM
All the discussion on clematis (old wood- new wood ) [Eek!] , how do you know which ones you have [dunno] ? I am interested in covering a steel arbor and want the plants that will not need to be trimmed back to 12 inches each year. Can someone provide assistance [gabby] ? I dont see enough detail anywhere I look and have not been as successful with clematis as I should [Frown] .

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by Bess of the Piedmont on February 21, 2005 05:44 PM
Hey sweetie! See if this site helps:
Pruning Clematis's

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by BFVISION on February 26, 2005 02:19 PM
[wayey] Thanks BOP [muggs] ,
Do you think climbing roses would serve me better on an arbor then clematis [dunno] ?

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by Bess of the Piedmont on February 28, 2005 08:07 PM
Hmm... that might depend on how sturdy your arbor is. Roses can become very heavy and need good support. The kinds of clematis that like being severely pruned each year are probably lighter in weight and suitable for a more delicate arbor or trellis.

I have a Jackmanii clematis that my husband regularly prunes to the ground by accident with the weed wacker in early spring. Even though it gets cut to the ground, it manages to very rapidly grow back to it's former height and beyond by summer.

You may have to be patient while you wait for a clematis to mature enough to blossom. If you get a bare-root plant, it can take a few years. If you want blossoms sooner you might choose a climbing rose, instead. In either case, you'll have to tie the vine to the intended arbor until it figures out what it's supposed to climb.

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