Growing 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 page 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"+)

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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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.

Clematis Elsa Spath - violet clematis with lighter purple stripes on petals

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June 8, 2005

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.

Taking Care of Clematis

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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.

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August 15, 2019

These two clematis are growing beside each other. The one is healthy and the other one is dying off. I'm just wondering if it is normal for the one to be dying off so early.

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There is some new growth on it, but it's looking terrible.

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August 15, 20190 found this helpful

Not sure where you are located, but you may have some kind of fungus that is causing that browning.

Too much rain (if you are experiencing that) can be one cause. Somethings there are just fungus among us (sorry...I had to go there). Fungus can look like white powder or green powder or even brown powder (at least all those I have experienced look that way. It is gross and I avoid touching it--so use gloves when you work with the sick plant).

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The best solution is to cut it all back and look for the source (usually near the roots).

Our Penn State home extension office always says to apply a fungicide to the source. I don't use them, and prefer to wipe the plant down with warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Over the years I have been able to save some plants, and I have lost some. I don't do chemicals whenever possible so I am OK with what I do and my outcomes. That is just me.

You could always call your local home extension office and see if there is something specific they recommend.

Post back with an update!

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August 15, 20190 found this helpful

I feel that you have some older vines and newer. You have some that bloomed much earlier and the older is dying back.Clean back the older ones and let nature take it's course!

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August 15, 20190 found this helpful

There may be insects or a disease on one. I would use both an insecticidal soap and a fungicide

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August 18, 20190 found this helpful

I do not have this particular plant but I have found that Neem Oil insecticidal soap will work for so many plant problems that I rarely have to use anything else.

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It is a wonderful organic product that will not harm any plant.
Just try not to use anything in hot sun. You should spray both plants.
Neem Oil can be purchased in most garden center or online.

I would definitely trim off the dead/dying parts of your plant.

www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../neem-oil-uses.htm

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July 26, 2014

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

By Shirley from Ontario

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

The spring would be the best time to do this. After moving, water it well.

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

Where I live (NY) we do all our planting in the fall

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Where should I plant a clematis. Should it be facing east? On the ground where it faces east, there are a lot of snails. I put the plant with planter there and last night it was surrounded by snails.

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I don't want to put out bait because we have cats and dogs in that area. What do you suggest?

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April 1, 20190 found this helpful

They like a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Use eggshells to discourage the snails.

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March 20, 2012

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.
www.gardenguides.com/69085-grow-clematis.html

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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 John 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, 2011

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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June 25, 2010

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

By Irene Monaghan 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:
www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/.../showthread.php?t=4801

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February 15, 2012

How do they do in hanging baskets?

By Maureen

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April 27, 2017

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

Two purple clematis blossoms growing outside.

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August 8, 2016

This is a page 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, 2011

This is a page 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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