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Clematis Cassis

Last year I bought this as a bargain bucked find for a song. It took a bit of time before it got established as it looked more like a dead twigg than a healthy plant. After last winter it seems to have died down totally and is now resprouting from the ground. Is it supposed to do that? I thought it would produce new growth from the old branches.


  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    It's a group 3 clematis like a viticella so it will shoot up from at or near ground level.   Normally I would prune this plant down to about 1 foot from the ground during winter.  I expect you will have lots of nice shoots sprouting now - putting some canes and string in for support, wires or somesuch will be necessary unless you have something else for it to grow through.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,058

    No that's fine Swedboy.

    C. Cassis is hardy & mine is regrowing here in Manchester. I pruned mine back a while ago, but not right down to the ground as I have it growing up a samll obelisk en route to a bigger trellis on the fence behind.

    As yours really died back then IME it's normal for it to restart from low down.

    I investigated one of my other clematis yesterday. Had planted it into a bed from a large patio pot last Autumn & it didnt appear to be doing anything. BUT it's reshooting beneath the soil so as long as the slugs dont get it'll be fine. J.

  • SwedboySwedboy Posts: 394

    Oh I didn't know that. It is next to a Montana which is sprouting from the stems. Hopefully it will flower this year. I'd trim off the dead shoots later this week.

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