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aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 149
Hi all,

Mid last year my clematis seemed to completely die, so I gave up on it and put the pot in the garage where it stayed - two weeks ago I happened to notice new shoots coming through, so I cut away all the deadwood... since then it has grown perhaps 8 to 10 inches.

I am wondering if there is a possibility if it continues to grow at this rate it may flower later this year - I am not very knowledgable when it comes to anything gardening and I am afraid I don’t even know what type of clematis it is; I’ve attached a picture incase it is at all possible to identify it from the leaves.

It is currently in a very sheltered location (with little sun): should I move it to a sunnier location? I am nervous to move it as I live in a very exposed location and I believe it was the wind that killed it off before...

Thank you!


  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 149
    Apologies. I cannot upload the photo!! 🤦‍♂️
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,146
    Could you place the pot in a corner of the garden that doesn’t get blown to bits?

    If the plant survives, I would be tempted to remove any flowers that appear and let it build up its strength through leaf formation.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,456
    Try reducing the size of the pic. That often works. 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 149
    Thanks for the advice Pansyface, I’ll keep it sheltered and remove flowers. My impatience is getting the better of me, given that I thought it was a lost cause I was desperate to see flowering this year! 
  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 149
    Dovefromabove - non garden related question for you! The image is on my phone, is there a way to reduce the size on my phone?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,456
    Sorry ... don’t really know. I have an iPhone and all the pics upload to here quite happily. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    I'm willing to bet it was dehydration rather than wind, but a combination of those is never good.

    Have you repotted it and throughly soaked it? I'm going on the assumption that's it's one of the standard Group 2 or 3 types which need plenty of water. If it isn't that, the advice may be different.
    They need a good deep pot too, as the roots go down a long way, and that will help it re establish. A little general fertiliser will also do no harm. Into a sheltered spot as pansyface says, up off the ground so that it doesn't get waterlogged either, and then keep an eye on it.
    They're surprisingly tough, and can  often re emerge when you think they're a gonner  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 149
    Hi fairygirl, thanks for the advice - you could well be right about the lack of water.

    its in a nice deep pot so I’ll make sure it gets lots of water and is placed in a sheltered place 👍🏻👍🏻
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    If you can get a pic on here, that would help. Some of the little early, small flowered clems like drier conditions, but the majority grown are the 2s and 3s, hence my assumption that it's one of the more 'usual' ones.
    As long as it doesn't get too dry or too soaked, it should be ok, and once you get some new growth, a pic then will help further  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • HazybHazyb Posts: 329
    @aidanhoad If you have a smartphone look in the app store for a photo resizing app such as Resize it
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