Confused by my group 3 clematis

cloud8cloud8 Posts: 101

Hi, the books say to cut my clematis down to around a foot from the ground above a pair of healthy buds.  My dilemma is that the lowest bud at one foot is solitary, not a pair, and then the next pair of buds don't appear for around 3 or 4 foot.  So do I go for lower down or the pair of buds?


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,357

    Go for that low single bud, cloud8.  I cut most of my group 3 right down to the ground and they produce new shoots from below ground level.  As group 3 produce flowers on new growth, the more new shoots you can encourage from the base, the better. 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • cloud8cloud8 Posts: 101

    Oh thanks for that BobTheGardener, if only plants did what the books say they should.  I'll go and do it now while the sun is out image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,819

    Cloud8 - have you given yours the book to read?  Show it the right page and use a highlighter pen for the important bits - they're not terribly quick on the uptake you know image

    Enjoy the sunshine image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
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