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How to Care for Clematis


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Clematis is an impressive vine that grows up to 15 feet in height, depending on the variety. Its profuse blooms and rich green foliage create a wall of color when planted against a fence or trellis. It’s available in a range of colors, from pink to purple, red, yellow and white with several varieties of pink or purple bi-colors. Generally grown in zones 5 — 11, some varieties are reported to grow in zone 4. With proper care, clematis returns each year with bigger and brighter blooms.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Clematis vine
  • Garden tools
  • Well-rotted manure/compost
  • Fertilizer (blooming plants and all purpose)
  • Trellis
    1. Dig a 2-by-2-foot hole in a sunny location to plant the clematis vine. In very hot climates, clematis grows well in partial shade. Amend the soil with well-rotted manure or compost and mix in well with the existing soil.
    2. Remove the clematis from the original container and plant so the stems are 3 to 5 inches below the soil level. Stake to provide support for the clematis for the first season until it is fully established.
    3. Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but avoid soggy soil. Water deeply to allow water to reach the roots. Decrease frequency during the winter months when the vine is dormant.
    4. Mulch with several inches of peat moss to curtail weeds if preferred, but avoid mulching too closely to the vine. Leave an 8-inch area around the base free of mulch to prevent the stem from rotting.
    5. Fertilize in early spring when the buds are about 2 inches in length with fertilizer designed for blooming plants. Apply all purpose fertilizer every four weeks until fall.
    6. Provide a trellis or fence for the vine.

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