Clematis not flowering

I have a clematis which is a bit woody at the bottom but grows fairly well every year without much if any flowers , I have tried liquid manure (comfry) to encourage growth but still no flowers. Is there anything else I can do? Can I even cut back heavily to encourage more growth in the future?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,087

    What sort of clematis is it Ian?

  • Lots of information about clematis in this months magazine which may be helpful. Never grown clematis myself but intend to start with this months offer, fingers crossed.

     

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,902

    You ideally need a specialist clematis food or tomato food to encourage flowering Ian, but if you can offer more info about the type of clematis you have, that will help with pruning and feeding advice etc. 

    If it's a spring/summer flowering variety, use slow release (like BF&Bone) as they start back into growth, with additional help from the other type once they form flower buds.They're hungry plants so they need a good supply of food so that give their best image

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  • Never heard of a non-flowering clematis, I suspect you are pruning it wrongly.

    For example, if you prune a montana in February when you prune the viticellas, then you will cut out all the flowering wood.

    H2O is best food for clematis.

  • Not Sure what Clematis it is other than it has small dark purple flowers and attempts to flower in June. Thanks for all the advice. I will certainly try them out
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Do you grow it in part shade? Unless my clematis are in full sun they do tend to fail.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,474
    ian cameron dromore wrote (see)
    Not Sure what Clematis it is other than it has small dark purple flowers and attempts to flower in June. Thanks for all the advice. I will certainly try them out

    Ian - when it tries to flower please post some pictures of flowers and leaves - Richard Hodson is a well-known authority on clematis and I'm sure he'll identify which type it is for you - then he can advise you how to treat it in order for it to perform at its best..

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