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How to Grow Clematis From Roots


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Clematis is a climbing deciduous plant and a member of the buttercup family. The vining plants require a trellis structure with a full sunlight exposure of six hours or more. The site soil must be rich in humus, well-drained with a neutral pH. While the upper vines enjoy the warm sun, the roots should be kept well mulched and moist. Growing clematis from the roots is accomplished by planting during full dormancy in the early spring.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Soil test
  • Shovel
  • Organic humus or compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch
    1. Collect soil from several locations in the clematis growing bed. Dry the soil and deliver the sample to your local agricultural extension service for analysis.
    2. Cultivate the clematis growing bed with the shovel. Remove all weeds, roots and rocks from the area. Work the soil to a depth of 24 inches and 3 feet square for each root structure planted.
    3. Amend the soil based upon the soil test results by adjusting the pH level and adding the correct amounts of fertilizer. Layer 2 to 3 inches of organic humus or compost over the bed. Incorporate all of the material into the soil with the shovel.
    4. Dig the root planting hole the same diameter as the root structure. Form a small dirt crown at the bottom of the hole. Adjust the overall depth of the hole so the roots of the clematis are spread over the dirt crown 1 to 2 inches below the soil surface. Pack loose soil over the roots with your hands.
    5. Water the roots deeply to remove air and improve soil contact. Layer 2 inches of mulch around the plant once the main stem emerges from the ground. Keep the soil moist by adding 1 inch of water per week.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fertilize the plants on an annual basis with a 15-5-5 plant food. Use 1/2 lb. per 50 square feet of growing bed. Incorporate the fertilizer around the plants with a hand cultivator.

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