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Clematis Dr rupple

Has anyone had any great success with this? I planted mine last spring and it grew well but didn't flower. I've read online that I need to prune it back to just above a strong set of buds. The plant is currently showing some healthy looking green buds on last year's growth. I'm a bit nervous chopping it back so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Dickie yes cut it back now and in a few weeks give it a feed, it should flower, some clematis take a while to settle so be patient.

  • Thanks Dave, any idea how much to chop it back? It's about 4 foot off the floor right now with good buds all the way up.
  • Doctor Ruppel is an Early Large Flowered Group clematis ( Group 2 ) and it should flower May/June then later on new wood.   If you prune it hard back now you will lose the early flush of flowers, but you will get more, smaller, flowers late Summer.

    How many stems does your plant have at present ?

  • Oh right, well it has 3 main stems and a few branches off each one.
  • 3 main stems is not enough to produce a good display, chop the 3 stems back hard now down to about 1 ft. This will produce more flowering stems for later season this year, then next year go to the Group 2 pruning regime.

  • That's great, I'll get it done today. Thanks for the advice both.
  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,208

    I have it in my garden, usually flowers well. I always feed it each spring with clematis feed..

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    http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps37424126.jpg

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