My Clematis Problem Is It's Not Blooming
My name is Lucy and I live
north Ontario, close to Sault-Saint
Marie. It has been 3 years now that my clematis hasn't
leaves are beautiful but no blooms. It is
in full sun and protected
of wind by the garage. I'm really disappointed because this
is one of
my favourite vine. I should of had beautiful purple flowers
by now but
it let me down again this year. What can I do to get
blooms for next
- you don't say what kind of clematis you have. And this is
important in this case because you live in a very cold climate.
see - clematis bloom in one of two ways. They either bloom on old wood
(the buds are produced in one year and open/flower the next_
--or-- they bloom on new wood (bloom in the same year as the
If your clematis is one that blooms
on old wood - then it will likely never bloom because those buds are
getting winter killed.
If your clematis is one
that blooms on new growth, then we have a growing problem.
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of the things I sometimes see is enthusiastic gardeners feeding a plant
too much nitrogen. This produces tons of leaves but no
flowers. So if you're giving your plant anything
more than a shovel of compost in the spring, then you might be
overfeeding. Certainly if you're using a liquid plant food
several times a season, you may be overfeeding (depending on the food
and concentration you use)
Or, I've sometimes
seen vines next to lawns get lawn food (very high nitrogen) and this
produces massive growth at the expense of flower buds as well.
- likely a winter burn issue or a feeding issue.
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