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I have 2 types of clematis both planted last year. One I have to prune hard in spring the other only prune to keep tidy. Do both types have to be deadheaded when they flower ?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,633
    No because half the interest of a clematis comes form the gorgeous seed heads later on.   However, while still young, you may want to dead head a bit of the group 3 one (hard prune) to make it put its energy into stronger roots and/or more flowers.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you, it is a brand new garden and am trying to make sure I look after all the plants properly .
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,633
    Good start then planting clematis.  I love them.

    Planted my first one in this new garden today.   Another dozen or so in pots waiting for beds to be dug and supports to be built.

    What else have you planted?
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • 2oaktrees2oaktrees West Midlands Posts: 160
    edited May 2018
    Sorry to jump in on your post sunshine. I bought a clematis today @Obelixx but clueless how to plant it and train it. Would appreciate you could offer. What type of soil do they prefer? I have a large rectangular planter and thinking of using that. What kind of supports would be appropriate? Thanks 
  • I have planted loads from clematis , acer , hydrangeas and hellebores to name a few. The garden had not been looked after for a long time so most of the existing plants had to be taken out. My problem is not buying any more plants as I know what I have will grow and fill spaces out . My smaller clematis is on a metal trellis and the larger on a wooden one. To train them you just need to point the shoots to where you want it to fill out. Never done much gardening until the last 3 years or so , so still learning . Just ask any questions on this site and people will help you , they are a friendly bunch.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,194
    Oak, which clem did you buy?
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