Clematis are native to Japan and China and are often called the queen of climbing vines, according to the University of Illinois. They have large colorful blooms that come in many shapes and sizes. The multi blue clematis has large blue flowers with multiple petals which create a double bloom effect. This clematis is hardy from USDA zones 4 to 9 and grows up to 9 feet tall, if given the proper area to climb.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Choose a location in your garden with full sun and well drained soil. An area near a fence or a wall is recommended so the multi blue clematis can climb up it. Add 6 to 8 inches of compost to the soil and work it into a depth of 24 inches.
Dig a hole for the multi blue clematis as deep as the roots and two times as wide. Place the multi blue clematis into the hole so that the crown is about 2 inches below the surface and fill the hole with soil. Cut the clematis back to 12 inches in height.
Apply mulch on the ground around the base of the multi blue clematis to keep the roots cool. Add a layer of mulch 2 to 3 inches thick.
Water the multi blue clematis well, providing about 1 inch of water each week.
Apply ¼ cup of 10-10-10- fertilizer in the spring to the multi blue clematis. Water well after fertilizing.
Prune back the multi blue clematis right after it flowers. It is a repeat bloomer clematis so it will bloom again after being pruned.