Hack away late bloomers

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - In The Garden -

It’s hard to be­lieve the new grow­ing sea­son is al­ready started and that growth will be­gin in earnest in a few short weeks. It can seem a bit con­fus­ing when you read about prun­ing ex­ist­ing Clema­tis as they can be bro­ken down into three groups de­pend­ing on when they flower. Suf­fice to say if you have Clema­tis that will be com­ing into flower over the next two months leave them alone as their flower buds will form on growth that is al­ready there; that is, if the buds aren’t vis­i­ble al­ready.

If, how­ever, you have Clema­tis which flower later in the sum­mer, these tend to be the larger flow­er­ing va­ri­eties, then take ac­tion now. Sim­ply hack them back — and that’s be­ing tech­ni­cal. They will thrive this year if you cut them back to within 25cm off the ground.

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