How to Be Successful Growing Clematis
Clematis is a decorative vine that will bloom in early spring and continue putting on a show until the first frost in autumn. Depending on the variety, clematis blooms may be purple, blue, violet, pink, white, red or a combination of colors. The flowers may be bell-shaped, small clusters or big, open blooms. Although a few varieties are evergreen, most clematis are deciduous. Although clematis has specific needs that must be met, growing clematis successfully isn’t difficult.
things you’ll need:
- Compost or decomposed animal manure
- Bamboo poles or trellis
- Wire or garden string
- Low-growing plants
- Balanced fertilizer for blooming plants
- Garden pruners
- Prepare an ideal planting spot for the clematis. The planting spot should have excellent air circulation to prevent powdery mildew, as well as not be near tree roots. Ensure that the vine is exposed to full sunlight for at least six hours every day. Morning sunlight is best, as afternoon sunlight can be too hot and can fade the blooms, especially in hot climates.
- Dig the soil in the planting area to a depth of 2 feet and a width of about 3 feet. Mix 4 to 6 inches of compost or decomposed animal manure into the soil.
- Install bamboo poles or a trellis for the clematis to climb on. The support should have narrow slats or poles, as clematis is unable to wrap around wide, thick supports. If your clematis is planted against a fence, wall or large trellis, attach wire or garden string to the support so that the clematis will be able to climb.
- Dig a hole approximately two to three times wider than the clematis’ root ball. Trim the clematis vine down to about 12 inches.
- Place the clematis in the hole 1 to 2 inches deeper than the clematis was planted in the nursery container. If the clematis is bare root, the crown, which is where the roots meet the plant’s main stem, should be 1 to 2 inches beneath the soil. Fill the hole with soil, then firm the soil gently.
- Water the plant deeply. Thereafter, give the clematis 1 inch of water every week.
- Provide shade for the roots. Although clematis vines love sunlight, the roots should be cool. A 2-inch layer of mulch, such as shredded bark, will keep the roots cool, or you can plant low-growing plants, such as creeping phlox, candytuft or geraniums, around the clematis.
- Spread a balanced fertilizer for blooming plants on the soil around the clematis every spring. Refer to the fertilizer package label for specific rates. Always spread the fertilizer over freshly watered soil.
- Refer to the nursery tag for pruning information for your particular variety of clematis, as pruning timing and methods vary depending on the time when the clematis blooms.