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How to Winterize a Clematis


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Unexpected drops in temperature and frost are damaging to your clematis, as the flower is delicate and can easily be damaged if not winterized in time. Although there are dozens of different types of clematis, the most common type is found growing on the sides of your home and appears on the vines. According to "Gardening for Dummies," stem damage is a common problem caused by improper care, and is easily preventable through pruning and winterizing.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Pruning shears
  • 2 lb. bag of mulch
    1. Cover the clematis’s roots with 4 inches of mulch to maintain moisture, as moisture is needed to maintain its growth. The layer of protection also prevents the clematis from heaving, which breaks the plant at the root.
    2. Surround the clematis’ roots with potted plants. Plants surrounding the clematis provide protection from direct sunlight, as the roots require shade.
    3. Clip off the dead blooms on the clematis vine at the base to encourage growth.

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