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Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

I received a four pack of clematis from a Gardeners World offer a month or so ago - and now two of them have grown a few inches and look very healthy. They are in small pots - what should I do with them - they are in a cold GH and I know that they won't survive a hot summer in there - at the moment they are far too tender to put outside - should I pinch the tops off them so that they bush out?



  • SparklesJDSparklesJD Posts: 344

    I repotted mine (after advice on here) into 9cm pots with seed and cutting compost, near a sunnyish window, kept them damp and two of them are now like triffids!

    Like you, I also wondered if I should pinch them out, or if I should stake them.

  • Thank you Tetley - I will check the roots tomorrow - and move into larger pots if the roots have filled the 9cm pot. SparklesJD keep me up-to-date with their progress if you can please.



  • Thanks Tetley - we all make mistakes when we are tired - but good for a laugh! Yes I am pleased with this clematis - it is the best of the four plugs that I received for £5.99 - it must be about 8" tall now and looking very promising.

  • SparklesJDSparklesJD Posts: 344


     My triffids. 'Willy' on the right and 'Sunset' on the right.

  • SparklesJDSparklesJD Posts: 344


     Montana 'Rubens' on the right and 'Jingle Bells' in the purple pot.

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,085

    So they are all on the right Sparklesimage

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Your clematis look good SparklesJD - all four of them - I only have two which are growing well and one that is just starting to shoot - the fourth doesn't look like there is any life in it at all. Are you plants in a heated GH - mine is cold but has reach almost 30 degrees today. I must check the roots too.

  • SparklesJDSparklesJD Posts: 344

    Lyn - one of those days! 'For those of you watching in black and white, the one in the blue pot is a clematis. As are the ones in green, pink and purple.' image

    Nope, they're indoors at the moment. I read somewhere not to put the small plugs outside until risk of frost had passed, although it's more than possible that I mixed up different bits of advice! I have got a plastic growhouse so they might end up in there as I'm running out of room.

  • SparklesJDSparklesJD Posts: 344

    Yellow pot = 'Willy'

    Pink = 'Sunset'

    Blue = 'Rubens'

    Purple = 'Jingle Bells'


    Rubens was a stump of nothingness and one of the others wasn't much better until about a week ago, then it grew overnight.

  • So there is hope for the no show clematis yet - I mustn't be so impatient ..... I read some advice on here that advise not to plant the clematis in their final growing place until next year - to keep them in pots this year to establish - personally I think the two strongest plug plants will be ready to plant out in a couple of months time

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