How to Prune Dr. Ruppel Clematis
Dr. Ruppel clematis is a lovely pink flower with a darker pink stripe down the middle of each petal. Known as a large-flowered clematis, Dr. Ruppel is a deciduous vine that blooms in the spring. Because it blooms on old wood, careful pruning is required to ensure that you don’t remove next season’s flowering shoots. The best time to prune Dr. Ruppel clematis is after it has finished blooming.
things you’ll need:
- Pruning shears
- Plant ties
- Remove dead flowers periodically during the blooming season. You can either pinch them off with your fingers or use sharp pruning shears.
- Prune from the top of the Dr. Ruppel vine and work your way down. Remove dead and weak stems by cutting them back to within 1/2 inch of a pair of buds. Agriculturists with the University of Missouri Extension warn that you may have to go almost to the soil until you find a pair of buds. Don’t be alarmed as the clematis will recover.
- Tie any loose stems to the support structure.
- Rake the bed below the Dr. Ruppel clematis after pruning and bag and dispose of the pruning debris. Fertilize the clematis as you normally do and water until the water puddles at the base of the plant.
- Apply a fresh, 3-inch layer of mulch to the soil around the Dr. Ruppel clematis, keeping it 5 inches from the main cane and spreading it out to the drip line.