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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.
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
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
Clematis is a beautiful vine flower the comes in a variety of colors. This guide contains clematis photos.
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.
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.
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I am looking for growing tips for clematis vines.
This will show you step by step how to grow them.
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
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.
What do I feed a clematis so it thrives and blooms a lot?
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.
I have black leaves on my clematis. What is the reason and what's the cure?
By Irene from Ireland
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:
When is it safe to move a clematis to a place in the garden?
By Shirley from Ontario
How do they do in hanging baskets?