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A question regarding clementis.

I have 4 clementis plants each in a pot beside my fence in garden that has a trellis along the top (see photos) im curious if the setup i have here is going to work for them growing up and around the trellis (this is my end goal) the clementis in the pots do have a single bamboo cane which i have positioned so it is leaning in towards the fence at the bottom of the trellis. But is this enough or do i need to do more. This photo i have shared shows bamboo along the fence but please ignore this the trellis runs the whole way along behind the bamboo and is no longer there.
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,561
    They look like ceanothus to me Jordan, not clematis.  If they are, they're not climbers as far as l know, more like shrubs? 
  • Hahahaha you have to be joking me! Well il have to check when i get home you could be right i do have 2 new clementis montana mayleen which im going to pot and put along the fence also. They arent in this pic
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,562
    They look like ceanothus to me too and can be grown as wall shrubs but you will need to give them much bigger pots (3 or 4 times as wide and a bit deeper) so their roots have space to grow and enough compost to provide water and nutrients if you want them to get to any size up that fence.

    That rush screening won't last 5 minutes with the weight of climbers on it, especially once it gets wet and blasted by winds so I would suggest you replace it with discreet wire stretched on tensioners between the fence posts.

    Good colour fence and great background for clematis if you get any but they will need even bigger pots than the ceanothus if you want them to do well and will need regular feeding and watering.
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  • So bigger pots for the clementis and the ceaonthus.... good to know!
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,562
    Have a look at other threads on clematis (search box) and also this site for general cultivation info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=9

    Pruning will depend on which clematis you have.
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  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364
    If you want a clematis Montana you really need something very sturdy to grow it up. Mine goes up a a large part of my old leylandii back fence of two gardens. It was severely chopped several years ago and is much more managable. 
     Once it gets going it goes. 

    Mine is a Montana Elizabeth.  Further along that there is a Rambling Rector. ) 
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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,445
    I agree with previous posters that those "canisse treillis" are too flimsy to grow anything up on them.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,211
    Is there a particular reason that you did not want borders? All of those plants would be much better in the ground.
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  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287

    This photo i have shared shows bamboo along the fence but please ignore this the trellis runs the whole way along behind the bamboo and is no longer there.
    Pay attention :D:smile:

    People have already advised about bigger pots, though yours are very nice Jordan.
    I try to pick something with a good wide base,  cube shapes can be good if you have tall plants and the pot is not fixed in some way. or a short fat cylindrical shape rather than tall narrow upside down bell or cone, they are rather unstable if you get windy weather.

  • ShepsSheps Posts: 909
    Agree re the size of pots for the ceanothus, mine are in quite large pots which are about 45cm High x 59cm in Diameter.

    Below are my two ceanothus after a couple of years growth and as you can see they get quite large and require a strong support.




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