My lovely clematis has gone walkabout into three other gardens, and I have very little to show for it?! Please advise @mikethegardener @richard.spicer.7906 @justin or ANYONE! as I am hoping to retrieve it once it's stopped flowering! How viscous can I be in terms of cutting it back to my side? (My neighbours will prob be unhappy too!) 😬😜
From what I've read Armandii don't like being pruned really hard and you may risk losing it but as always should be done after flowering. Any chance you can retrain new growth over the older stems your side to make it work that way?
Could try but all the growth is on top of fence. Maybe I could pull some bits down and plant stems with shoots on. Maybe they will re-shoot that way. I only have a dozen flowers my side!😢 Thanks @justin as ever!
@barbaramatthews @justin hi Barbara, Justin is right, pruning should be done immediately after flowering in spring. However, from my own personal experience, I have cut back Clematis armandii quite hard and have been able to re-train the new growth in to the required location. The secret is waiting for flowering to finish, cutting back to a node (the nobbly bits) and then feeding and watering well after. Good luck!!