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What to do with clematis & star jasmine

Lynn142Lynn142 Posts: 127
Should I be pruning these this month & can the honeysuckle in photo 1 be cut down near its base or higher to rejuvenate it next year?
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    edited September 2020
    There are no clems which get pruned at this time of year, unless they need an overhaul.
    However, there are also very few which will be happy in that tiny pot, and in such a small space. The alpinas, koreanas and macropetalas like a drier medium, but even so, they cover a large area once established. There are a few which are designed to be kept in pots, on an obelisk etc, but the pot would need to be much bigger.

    I can't comment on the jasmine, as they aren't hardy here.
    I've just realised you mentioned a honeysuckle. I can't see one. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,542
    I'd say the pot is way too small for the star jasmine too.
    They grow into BIG plants and yours will really start to struggle soon

    @Fairygirl the honeysuckle is in the first pic
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    Is that what's in that wee pot? I could see a little bit of ivy, but I couldn't see the foliage well enough, and just assumed it was the clematis.
    Where's the clematis planted then? 
    I'm very confused now! 
    Honeysuckle won't survive in that pot - in any pot really. Not suited to pot culture unless it's a good couple of feet in every direction. At least. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    Clearly the Clematis was a typo in the subject line. 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    But there is a flower on the top right -  is that honeysuckle? It's very difficult to see. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,542
    I think you're right @Fairygirl I thought honeysuckle at first but I think it's a side-on pic of clematis - the pots are too small for any of them by the look of it
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    Far too small, yes @Pete.8
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Lynn142Lynn142 Posts: 127
    Oops, the honeysuckle was a typo error, which I hadn’t checked prior to posting, and photo 1 is a clematis (dark purple flowers at the top) as was noticed. We have bought very large pots for both plants but didn’t want to move them earlier because they have both been flowering really well up until recently.  I asked about cutting the clematis because a neighbour tells me she is going to do this to hers very soon and has done so each year quite successfully. 

    I also have a honeysuckle climber - photo to follow - growing over an arch and it’s in a large pot but is quite straggly from its roots up to 18” or more and wondered if that could be cut to encourage better growth next year?
  • Lynn142Lynn142 Posts: 127
    By the way, there’s a sweet pea intertwining this honeysuckle on the left.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    It depends on the clematis, but you can cut back almost any of them to rejuvenate them. The bigger montanas can certainly be cut back at this time of year after a 2nd flush of flowers, and you can cut back Group 1 and 2 s if they're getting out of hand. It just means foregoing flowers for a while, or having them later.

    The one in your pot is very straggly, and there isn't enough room on that trellis, or in that pot, for it to grow well. Do you know what variety it is? 
    Honeysuckles will never reach their potential or grow well in containers, unless the container is huge.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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