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Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

this is very sparse growing but looks like it will be the year i get the most flowers, they are due soon.

and is finally giving the best growth it has in 3 years.



but any advise how to make it look better, will it need a prune after flower etc.

I have added extra wire end of last year as was constantly bening blown about by wind, now has more to grab onto






  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,847

    You've definitely got some flower buds there image

    What variety is it?

    Do you feed it with specialist clematis fertiliser?

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    im not sure, was a present 3 years ago and we have also moved house a year ago.

    got a couple of flowers last year and looks like more this year and new shoot coming up from pot so obviously it is doing better but still room for improvement.


    no i haven't fed it anything since last year i think

  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    i have tomato fertilizer and some bonsai stuff for more green plus some stuff to help with lime soil

    or do i need a specific fertilizer?


    maybe ill grab some as see will also be good for passion flower which i also have.  possible dead (or about to wake up) but i have a baby to replace it

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,847

    If it's in a pot that might be why it's struggling - they really like to get their roots down into cool damp soil.  How big is the pot?

    Just for now, give it some specialist clematis feed. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444
    Just ordered some pellets

    Pot is about 2foot high and top mulched etc and broken pots to keep below cooler. Wouldn't have thought enough growth yet to fill yet.

    Maybe I can check its roots and repot after flowering.

    Advise as per pruning?
  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444


  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Looks like a group 2 

    it will definitely like the extra support you've added, on the whole group 1 and 2 don't need pruning unless they exceed their bounds

    you *can* bulk them up from the base by cutting back hard but this is a scary option for a novice image

  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    so leave maybe for now or cut half down after flower to help bulk out maybe

  • It looks like a group 2 as it has flower buds now so you can prune it after it flowers by about a third and you may get a second flush of flowers around September. Don't forget to post a photo when it's flowering, someone might be able to identify it for you.image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 28,382

    Have you refreshed the soil in the pot each year Marc? ie - removing an inch or two and replacing with some fresh compost. A little B, F&B mixed in with that is always beneficial.

    The plant will quickly use up all the nutrients in the existing medium so it's something you should do every year with anything planted long term in a pot. Especially a flowering plant.  image

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