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Care Instructions for Clematis

Clematis

Botanical Name: Clematis

  • Bloom Time—Summer through early fall.
  • Mature height—6-10'
  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
  • Be aware that it could take a year for Clematis to bloom.

Clematis are grown and admired the world over, but none are lovelier than these spectacular double-flowered varieties. These vigorous, hardy vines may be trained to grow on fences, arbors, walls and trellises, where the emerald green foliage creates a dramatic backdrop for the beautiful blooms.

Your Clematis have been shipped as potted plants. Plant as soon as possible. But please be patient! Clematis plants take their time to adapt to their new home.

Location

The vine should be planted in full sun or have at least four hours of direct sun. Roots prefer shading, which can be supplied by small perennials, rocks or mulch. Plant 4-10' apart.

Soil Preparation

Although Clematis do well in most garden soils, for optimum results you can:

  1. Spade or rototill the soil to a depth of 12-15".
  2. Mix in a generous 2-4" layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost or peat moss, and Spring Hill's Advanced Formula Plant Food. Mix these thoroughly. (If soil is already rich in garden loam and well drained, the addition of Spring Hill's Advanced Formula Plant Food will provide the ideal conditions for superior growth and blooming.)
Planting
 
Dig a hole twice the size of the pot your Clematis is in. Carefully remove the plant from the pot. Score a vertical mark on all four sides of the root ball to encourage roots to grow out into the surrounding soil. Hold the root ball level with the soil surface and carefully fill in around the root ball. Firm soil around the plant to remove any air pockets. Water thoroughly.

Continuing Care

When rainfall is less than 1" a week during the growing season, water your Clematis thoroughly each week. A 2-4" layer of mulch will help retain moisture. Mulch, decorative rock, or small perennials will keep their roots cool. Because Clematis are very hardy, there is no need for winter protection. Each spring, apply a surface dressing of Spring Hill’s Advanced Formula Plant Food to your plants, scratch into soil and water thoroughly.

Special Note: It is normal for Clematis vines and foliage to appear withered and dry when dormant. Don't be discouraged if the top growth is slow to reappear in spring. Just give your plants time to develop a vigorous root system, and you'll be rewarded with years of beauty.

Flowering and Pruning Chart
Multi Blue Clematis Blooms on last year’s wood in late spring or early summer. Single flowers bloom on new growth in late summer. Prune lightly after flowering. Stems can be trimmed down to 4-5' above the ground.
 Royal Velvet Clematis  This variety blooms on current year's growth in midsummer. Prune hard in early spring when new growth is starting. Prune stems down to the third pair of buds above the ground.
Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis Blooms on last year’s wood in late spring or early summer. Single flowers bloom on new growth in late summer. Prune lightly after flowering. Stems can be trimmed down to 4-5' above the ground.
Louise Rowe Clematis Clematis Blooms on last year’s wood in late spring or early summer. Single flowers bloom on new growth in late summer. Prune lightly after flowering. Stems can be trimmed down to 4-5' above the ground.