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All About Clematis

Clematis Clematis may require a little more attention than many other plants, but your efforts are rewarded with gorgeous flowers that will bloom year after year. Available in many colors and varieties, it is a vine that requires a trellis, fence or other type of support on which to grow. Depending on the type that you select, it produces blossoms in early, mid or late summer. Clematis takes patience. It may be a couple of years before you have plentiful flowers.

Growing Clematis

The site that you choose for your clematis is very important. It requires fertile soil that drains well in a location where it will receive several hours of sun a day. The catch is that the root system needs to be kept cool. Many people put them behind low shrubs where the roots will be shaded, and the plants can rise above them toward the sun. Mulching is okay too, but it is important to keep the mulch away from the vine to protect it from disease. Another solution might be to plant other types of flowers around it.

After the last frost in the spring, dig a hole about a foot deep and at least 18 inches in circumference. Add compost to the bottom of the hole and then return some of the soil. Remove the plant by cutting the container away from it, being very careful not to damage the roots. Make sure that it is moist before setting it into the hole. The top of the root ball should lie three or four inches below the surface of the ground. Fill in with the rest of the soil and water well. Don't remove the stake that comes with the plant, because it will need it for support. Clematis requires about an inch of water a week, and will benefit from a liquid plant food once a month or so.