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Group 3 clematis flowering now

SuesynSuesyn Posts: 624
 Hi All
My group 3 clematis are all flowering now, newly planted ones and well established, if I treat them as group 2 and remove seed heads will they flower again? I assume that they have found the weather as confusing as the rest of us.
Any advice appreciated, I'm new to clematis growing and haven't been wholly successful so far. 


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Do you know the name of them?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,262
    Are you sure they're Group 3? How are you growing them - ground or pots? 
    If so, they'll just be performing a bit sooner - probably because of conditions. If they're in pots, they can sometimes flower sooner than those in the ground. Many plants are the same.
    You can certainly deadhead, but they will just flower for the length of time they would do normally. They'll just finish a bit earlier. 
    Make sure they're getting plenty of water. It's the main thing they need, especially if you're not getting good, consistent rainfall. It's easy for them to get dry, and any nearby planting is also competition for water and nutrients. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    My group 3 is flowering too, has been for about a week.  
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 624
    The new one is John Huxtable which was planted in early March, one against the wall is Julia Correvan planted in the ground, Hagley hybrid against the pergola also in the ground and an unknown tangutica against the back fence again in the ground. They all get well watered and fed occasionally (except JH which had plenty of feed when planted). JC is in full sun but the others have varying amounts of shade.
    They were all cut down to about 30cm in February except JH which had been cut down by the nursery when it arrived.. 
    I assumed that the weather had confused them but hoped that a second flush would be a bonus. Ah well, so much for planning colour combinations. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,262
    J.Huxtable is a lovely plant.  :)
    Sounds like you're doing everything as normal. Just general conditions that have brought them forward probably. If you keep them well watered they might hang on  a bit longer though. Normally - you wouldn't feed once in flower though.
    They all flower a bit later here anyway, and Group 2s rarely have second flush - maybe the odd flower here and there. None of my clems are earlier than usual, but the later flowering ones I have were moved last year, so I don't expect much of them anyway this year. 
    They just like to keep us on our toes  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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