Clematis macropetala 'Wesselton'
clematis (group 1)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained, neutral soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to May
- Flower colour: mid-blue
- Other features: silvery seedheads
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large, double, bell-shaped, mid-blue early spring flowers followed by attractive, silvery, seedheads retained throughout the summer. This early spring-flowering clematis is ideal for covering a north-facing fence or wall. It also looks lovely trained to climb into small trees or allowed to scramble through neighbouring shrubs.
- Garden care: No routine pruning is necessary. If the spread of the plant needs to be restricted prune immediately after flowering, cutting back overlong shoots to healthy buds. Apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring.
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Q:I have a Clematis Macropetala (variety unknown), bought in 2011 and growing in a large tub. It flowered well last year. I cut it back in the Autumn after flowering,and this year there's lots of growth, but it didn't flower in the Spring. There are now 2 flowers appearing. Is it late because of the cold winter, should I have not pruned it back, and will more flowers appear even this late? What should I do to give it a better chance next year?
Lazy RetireeAsked on 20/7/2013 by Lazy Retiree from Leeds
These plants do not require pruning, but they can be cut back if they outgrow their allotted space. If you do need to cut them back, then this should be tackled immediately after they have finished flowering as pruning them at any other time of the year may affect their subsequent flowering period.Answered on 22/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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