The clematis vine is one of the most versatile climbing plants for the garden. There are a huge number of varieties with flower colors ranging from pure white to deep shades of red and blue. The flowers vary from small and simple single types to massive double monsters. These ten tips cover everything from the choice of plant, how to plant and care for clematis including tips on watering and applying fertilizer. The last three tips cover the sometimes confusing question of pruning. These tips are contained in an article which I found on the Top Inspired website.
Clematis is the queen of climbing plants!?Old man?s beard, Traveller?s joy, Virgin?s bower are some of the common names for this popular plant. Clematis vines?are so versatile ? they can be grown on?walls, pergolas, frames, in containers, or left to scramble through trees and shrubs. They come in so many different shapes and colors and sometimes even evergreen foliage. What is truly great about these climbers is that they are very easy to grow if you follow few simple steps. Keep reading to discover how to successfully grow these beauties?
1. Selecting the plant
You will find dozens of different clematis varieties at the garden center. What you need to consider when choosing the perfect ones for your garden is the variety?s?mature height, flower form and color. If you have space choose you can go with?10- or 20-foot clematis vine, but if your space is limited there are more compact varieties. Also, there are varieties with large flowers but also some?with smaller blossoms, double blossoms, and lovely bell-like flowers. The colors you can choose from are white, lavender, purple, wine red or even yellow. Choose a plant that is at least 2 years old as clematis needs several years to mature ad start flowering vigorously. Make sure the plant is?container-grown and is robust and healthy.?
2. Planting info
Clematis can be grown both in containers and in the garden. They are usually planted?in fall or early spring depending on the climate zone and the variety. Most clematis varieties need a lot of space as well as good air flow. As for the soil, it should be well drained and rich. When you have found the perfect spot for planting your clematis vine, dig a two feet deep hole and fill it with some compost. Cut back your plant a bit before planting so you can lessen the shock and help it to adapt easier to the new environment.
Once you have planted your clematis you will need to water it regularly until the plant is well established. This means watering once a week the first season. If your plant gets through its first year, it will continue to thrive and it will need just a little bit of care to be healthy and happy. During hot periods, all clematis varieties need watering. Deep soaking once a week is better than watering little but often.
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