Clematis Care Info

Clematis care depends on the types of plants you have. An evergreen Clematis bush will require different treatment than a hardy, deciduous climbing vine. Information on the fertilizing and care of Clematis of all kinds.

All Types of Clematis Plants

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All Clematis varieties like to be situated with their feet in the shade and their heads in the sun. They all like rich, deeply dug soil and adequate moisture.

Care for Clematis plants of all types by top dressing their roots with organic compost or mulch each spring.


Fertilizing Clematis Vines

Give potted Clematis vines a bloom boosting liquid fertilizer once a month.

For in-ground plants, a granular tomato or rose special is the best fertilizer for Clematis. Apply it in spring and summer.

Clematis prefer a pH between 6.0-7.5. Only apply horticultural lime if you know the soil is too acid.

If you ever notice the lower leaves turning yellow or brown, this could indicate a magnesium deficiency. Sprinkle Epsom Salts around the plant and water them in to remedy this.


Evergreen Clematis Types

'Blue Light' and 'Josephine'
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These are tender and need to be grown in pots and overwintered under glass. Potted Clematis care requires that you keep them cool in the winter and provide good air circulation. Do not overwater them at this time.

Set them out of doors during the summer and prevent them from drying out.


Cold Hardy Clematis Care

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Clematis, Blue Light
Clematis, Jackmanii
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The main thing is to keep your plant watered during its first 2 seasons.

Clematis plants can be slow to start. They spend their first year establishing a healthy root system. Once a hybrid Clematis has done this, it will begin putting on top growth in earnest.

Trellis Clematis vines or plant them beneath evergreen shrubs. The vines will scramble up through the bushes toward the sun.


Caring for Bush Clematis

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Bush clematis prefers a neutral to sweet soil so sprinkle a bit of lime into the planting hole. This is also a good clematis for shade.

You can increase your collection by dividing the plants but they are slow to recover from this so don't do it often.

Most bush clematis will sprawl if left to their own devices. Install grow-through plant supports in the spring to keep them more upright.

Most varieties will die to the ground over the winter and return in the spring in zones 4-8.




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