Clematis 'Markham's Pink'
clematis (group 1)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: April to May
- Flower colour: pink
- Other features: silvery seedheads
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Sumptuous, double, candyfloss-pink, early spring flowers with creamy-yellow centres, followed by silvery, seedheads retained throughout the summer. This clematis looks lovely scrambling through a strong tree or shrub. Ideal for a north-facing site, it's also known as the downy clematis since the new shoots are covered with down.
- 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:My macropeta has had very few flowers or leaves on it and looks very straggly. It is two years old and bought from crocus. Can I cut it right back and start again with it? I have been feeding it. Thank you Lesley from CardiffAsked on 29/5/2013 by Green thumbs from Cardiff
Clematis macropetala 'Markham's Pink is a Group1 Clematis so generally needs very little pruning.
It is very difficult to say why your Clematis has only a few flowers or leaves, as this will be determined by a number of external factors such as the available water, light and nutrients as well as aspect and soil type. However, I think I would cut all the stems back almost to the base, just after it finishes flowering, then apply a general fertiliser, and mulch with a well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant, and make sure it is watered in dry spells. Leave it for at least three years before pruning hard again. Hopefully this will encourage it to shoot from the base of the plant.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 30/5/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
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