I was just tidying up my new clematis sieboldii when I accidentally cut the one growing stem..... im sure I have read that you should cut them right back in the first year anyway to encourage new growth from the base!! Or have I killed it? Advice please



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    I doubt if you've killed it. Could get 2 growing stems nowimage

  • Lol what buds!!!!!


     See chopped!!! Not too worried as I do have another one( part of the jparker complaint)

  • Lol I agree edd!!!! Telling me off for what I did to it!!! Oh well we will see what it does

  • Hi Stacey

    I did very similar last year with a newly planted Clematis.  I left it to see if it would survive and it did.  It wasn't the biggest of plants last year but it is still surviving!!


  • Oh allotment max thank you I will nurture and hope for the best

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    I think clematis roots are more sensitive than the stems.  A builder did a similar thing to a clematis here which was in the first year of flowering, so not very old or established, but it came back again the following year, and this accident has happened so early in the season that it should recover this season. 

  • You're very welcome. image

  • Ashleigh 2Ashleigh 2 Posts: 256

    I had a pet rabbit do this to two of my clematis when they were young, they're the best in the garden now.image

  • Thank you all.... I have read somewhere to cut theM right back to 2 buds first year but!!!! We shall see what happens tutt

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,475

    That's one reason why it's recommended to plant them deep, Stacey.  That way there will (hopefully) be buds below the surface which can send up new stems.  Planting deeper than as supplied encourages them to produce a 'root crown', from which they can send up new shoots whenever they need or want to. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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