How to Grow Clematis


Clematis is a wonderful vine because it includes many different varieties that can grow in many conditions and flourish with beautiful flowers, but doesn’t take up a large amount of room in the garden.

Moderately Easy


things you’ll need:
  • Clematis plant
  • Shovel
  • Organic material such as compost or peat moss
  • Bonemeal
    1. Choose a site for clematis. Remember to give it something sturdy to climb up. Many types of clematis will cling to a tree, fence or wall without being tied. Others may need a lattice or other structure to climb on.
    2. Purchase clematis from a local nursery or online. You may find a better variety online, but you can always get personal assistance and check the health of a plant at a local nursery.
    3. If you start with a very small plant, it will need more protection, so you may wish to temporarily plant it in a more shaded area or in a pot.
    4. When the clematis is ready to go into its final site, dig a hole and mix the soil from the hole with organic material.
    5. Place the clematis in the hole with the crown of the plant about two inches below the soil line.
    6. Put a few tablespoons of bonemeal into the hole to encourage strong root growth. Fill in the hole.
    7. Water deeply and remember to continue watering frequently for the first few months until the plant is established.
    8. Place a large rock or another plant directly in front of the clematis to keep the roots cool. Though most clematis prefer full or part sun, they don’t like warm roots.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some of the most popular forms of clematis, such as the purple jackmanii, are often sold at grocery or chain stores.

  • Don’t worry if your clematis doesn’t grow much in the first year. Clematis usually come into their own in their third season.

  • One of the great things about clematis is that they combine well with other plants and can create a beautiful backdrop for a flower bed.

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