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Masses of Clematis Roots with No Head

Hi there
i have a clematis ‘prince george’ which i have unusually been successful at propagating for the last few years...more luck than judgement.
Anyway, i have decided to repot the clematis and when i did i cracked the lead stem. I am left with a ton of roots with a teeny little bit of stem coming out. 
Am i better to trim the roots back or divide them or something , Or should i just leave as is and hope the weedy bit of stem will do something?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,860
    It should produce more stems. I take it the plant has got more than one stem though?
    If not, constantly taking cuttings will weaken the main plant. 
    It's a Group 3 so should be pruned back hard each year anyway, so if the main stem is broken, you can prune it back just now, as long as there's some other stems there.

    A photo would help  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,017
    Be kind to it.  Give it a good watering if there's been little rain then mulch it generously with good garden compost to protect the crown over winter and then, next spring, give it a generous dollop of slow release clematis, rose or tomato feed and water it occasionally through the growing season with a liquid tomato feed or comfrey solution added to the water.

    Let it grow next year and don't take cuttings.  It needs all the top growth to help feed and maintain and increase the vigour of its roots.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hi Both, thanks for the advice, which i shall heed. has only one little stumpy stem left sadly!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,860
    I think you need to be very careful with it then. Let it recover, and wait until it's growing well again in spring before doing any feeding etc, as @Obelixx says.
    You've basically been cutting off it's life support by taking cuttings. You can only do that with a mature enough plant, and it sounds like it isn't anywhere near that.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks Fairy Girl. I didnt know that.
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