Bare-Bottomed Clematis Flowers? Two Ways to Fix

Do you have clematis that are bare on the bottom of the plant? 

Bare bottoms are more likely on clematis that have not been hard pruned. In some cases this is because the gardener does chooses not to hard prune in the spring, or it can be a result of retaining the stems from the prior year on type 2 clematis.

There are two approaches to this.

  1. You can work with the bare bottom of your clematis plant by planting a taller shrub in front of the clematis, or a shorter perennial flowering plant that will provide some coverage of the base.
  2. In a mature plant with many stems, try hard pruning some stems to the ground vs. the first growth node. This encourages fresh new stems to emerge which will often have more lower foliage.

 

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