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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.
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.
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.
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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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.There is some new growth on it, but it's looking terrible.
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).
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.
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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!
There may be insects or a disease on one. I would use both an insecticidal soap and a fungicide
When is it safe to move a clematis to a place in the garden?
By Shirley from Ontario
The spring would be the best time to do this. After moving, water it well.
Where I live (NY) we do all our planting in the fall
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.I don't want to put out bait because we have cats and dogs in that area. What do you suggest?
They like a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Use eggshells to discourage the snails.
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 John 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.
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 Monaghan 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:
How do they do in hanging baskets?
Clematis is a beautiful vine flower the comes in a variety of colors. This page contains clematis photos.