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Growing Clematis

Category Perennials
Purple Clematis
Clematis vines are available in many varieties, with flowers in differing colors and sizes. Most are perennials, although there are a few evergreen varieties. These beautiful flowering vines can be a great addition to most gardens. This is a guide about growing clematis.
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February 22, 2006

Botanical Name:

Clematis

Life Cycle:

perennial climber

Planting Time:

spring or fall

Height:

height depends on support (12" to 24"+)
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Exposure:

full sun to light, afternoon shade

Soil:

average well-drained soil

Hardiness:

zones 3 to 9

Bloom Time:

mid to late summer

Flower:

red, pink, yellow, purple, blue and white

Foliage:

green leaves on vine

Propagation:

cuttings

Suggested Use:

trellises, lampposts, mailboxes, wood or metal pillars, arbors and fences

Growing Hints:

Prepare site in advance by digging a deep, wide hole (one foot deep by 18 inches across for most potted transplants) and add in some compost. Set the Clematis into the center of the hole and cover with soil so that the crown of the roots is 3 inches below the surface. Water thoroughly and cover with 2-3 inches of mulch to keep their roots cool and moist. Plant Clematis in a location where the soil around their roots can remain shaded by other plants while they climb toward the sun. They like to keep their "heads in the sun and their feet in the shade."
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Interesting Facts:

Clematis do not wrap their stems around a support while they climb. Instead, their leaf stems reach out for objects to wrap around-preferably structures made from wood or metal pieces less than 1 inch across.
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May 25, 2017

I recently showed you a picture of the Niobe clematis. It has been in constant bloom since that time. It has just about stopped blooming. Another is taking its place.

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Pictured here is clematis Elsa Spath, ready to give a nice display for a few weeks.

I use to be of the impression that all clematis bloomed once in early spring and that was that. I've since learned that different clematis bloom at different times. Some varieties bloom early spring, some mid spring, and some late spring. Some early and mid summer.

Among these, many will bloom several times. By knowing the bloom times of the clematis you purchase (or those given to you by Dougs around the world), you can have a continual display of blooms all spring, summer, and a bit into early fall.

I also learned that if a clematis is cut back hard after blooming, (almost to the ground), it can be forced to give another flush of blooms almost equal to the first.

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June 8, 20052 found this helpful

The theory that clematis like their feet cool and their head in the sun is true, so be sure to put several inches of mulch at the base of the vine.
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Feed with liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season.

A newly planted clematis needs lots of water to get established especially if your planting it along a wall or fance, or there is a dry spell.

I prune my clematis back in mid-May here in Ontario, Canada. Zone 5

By Sandra

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February 23, 2012

Years ago I was told by my mother to give my clematis 1 cup of lime and 1 cup of garden fertilizer each year. She grew everything well, and now I have beautiful long growing clematis. I add 1/2 cup of each in early February and again after the first flowering, working it into the soil around the plant. Then water well and mulch to keep roots shaded. Works for me!

By Betty from Warrensburg, MO

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April 27, 20170 found this helpful

Clematis is a beautiful vine flower the comes in a variety of colors. This guide contains clematis photos.

Two purple clematis blossoms growing outside.

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August 8, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about growing clematis from cuttings. It is easy to start new clematis vines from cuttings by following a few simple steps.

Purple Clematis growing on a lattice fence

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October 28, 20110 found this helpful

This is a guide about pruning a clematis. The clematis is a superb floral addition to your yard. With it's bright large flowers and hearty vine like growth, this flower is as much fin to grow as it is to admire.

Large Purple Clematis Flower

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March 20, 20120 found this helpful

I am looking for growing tips for clematis vines.

By Ed

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March 28, 20120 found this helpful

This will show you step by step how to grow them.

http://www.gard  ow-clematis.html

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By 0 found this helpful
October 8, 2011

Is it possible to grow clematis in a hot climate? We grew them very successfully in the UK so have some experience, but would appreciate any tips for growing them in Turkey. We live in a forest by a river, but although it's not as hot as some places it does still reach 50c at the height of summer.

By Suzanna H from Turkey

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October 12, 20111 found this helpful

The only thing you have to remember is that their feet need to be shaded and water often and you will do fine. the top likes the sun and the roots like being shaded whether by another plant or with mulch. I mulch heavily and water often in hot weather and have no problem. During the 90 degree weather here in the summer it doesn't bloom as much or as big of blooms but still showey and I am happy with it. Hope this helps.

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July 4, 20110 found this helpful

What do I feed a clematis so it thrives and blooms a lot?

By Nancy

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July 5, 20110 found this helpful

Feed it food for tomato plants, they love it. A handful of lime around the clematis in the early spring is good too because they like a sweet soil.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 25, 2010

I have black leaves on my clematis. What is the reason and what's the cure?

By Irene from Ireland

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June 25, 20100 found this helpful

It typically is clematis wilt. Get clean pruners (wipe them with bleach and water before and then after) and trim out the infected sections right away, anytime you see it, get it early before it spreads or you'll have to cut the whole thing off. It will come back (usually) but you'll lose the growth for that season. Here's more:

http://www.ubcb  hread.php?t=4801

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July 26, 20140 found this helpful

When is it safe to move a clematis to a place in the garden?

By Shirley from Ontario

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February 15, 20120 found this helpful

How do they do in hanging baskets?

By Maureen

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