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Clematis Nelly Moser

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Topic: Clematis Nelly Moser
Posted By: trogre
Subject: Clematis Nelly Moser
Date Posted: 19 May 2011 at 3:07pm

Good day to you all.

I purchased my first 2 Clematis near the end of March and must admit was more of an impulse buy as I remembered the Clematis my mother used to grow. I purchased the Nelly Moser & Triternata Rubromarginata more on recommendation from garden centre staff rather than particular choice.

I explained I would not be planting the Nelly Moser till beginning of April. I was advised since this was a bit late as regards the “first” pruning of all newly planted Clematis in February I should leave it till next year and then treat the pruning as a newly planted Clematis rather than 2nd year which from what I have read should be down to 1 metre.

Must admit not sure what way to go with the pruning come Feb 2012, cut down to 30cm or 1 metre?The plant is growing well almost up to 4 feet  (1.2M) and I have my first flower.

The Rubromarginata have a disastrous start as the only plant left was in a small 9cm pot so Clematis was very small. It started growing ok and then one morning I went out and literally every leaf had been eaten! I did not know if to dig it up and put in greenhouse over winter or let it be. Glad I done that because it eventually started to grow leaves back again. I think it is a bit behind in growth but now doing fine; it is more protected against slugs & snails than I think the Queen has protection.

For my next Clematis I would like to buy the Clematis Crystal Mountain and then next year......

Thank you in advance for any advice

Posted By: Nunn00123
Date Posted: 20 May 2011 at 10:53am
If your Nelly Moser is planted out flowering and looking in good condition, I would leave the plant until its first flowering is over, then prune it to about a foot high give a feed of Blood Fish and Bone meal a handfull spread around the plant is about right and give it a mulch of garden compost. Remember to keep the plant well watered during its growing season.
I find Tritonata etc. very slow to establish and would recommend that this plant be grown on in a succession of long tom pots up to 4 litre size at least before planting in the garden, in fact I would state that no clematis is suitable for planting directy from a 9cm pot. If you are a beginner have a careful look at group three plants as they are generally easier to grow that the large flowered group two plants. Nelly Moser tends to be an exception as it a tough and vigorous, whereas some of the group twos are not.
Best of Gardening
Roy Nunn

Posted By: trogre
Date Posted: 24 May 2011 at 8:03pm

Roy, Thank you for your advice on the pruning and also the advice on not planting clematis straight from a 9 cm pot. The advice on the pot size has prompted another question which may be straight forward in answering but would appreciate member’s comments please.

I have posted it under the topic of “Pot sizes”

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