Growing Clematis


The Clematis Vine’s diversity is stunning!  Some have huge white, pink or purple blooms, even striped in single or double fashion.  Others are small and fragrant.  Some bloom in spring and fall, while others bloom only in late summer.  There are so many varieties in so many colors and flower sizes that it can be difficult to choose which to try first, but with these simple gardening tips, choosing your vine will be the hardest part.

The Clematis Vine has three main requirements in order to thrive – sunlight on their stems and leaves; cool and moist but not wet roots; and support for climbing.

To start, plant your vine where it will get at least six hours of sunlight.   Providing it with filtered shade during the hottest part of the day, will help keep dark-colored blooms from fading.  Keep the roots cool by using mulch or organic compost, or plant it among low-growing shrubs or perennials that will provide shade at the base of the vine.  Use a support such as a fence, trellis, tall shrub or another vine.  Pinch out the tips of new shoots once or twice during the first growing season to encourage branching near the base of the vine.

When your hole has been dug, back fill with quality compost.  Clematis vines will not perform well in a clay area.  After planting your vine, water well with a Root Stimulator to help establish your vine even faster, then fertilize lightly every so often with a rose or tomato food.

Clematis Vines need a little more thought and special handling in the beginning, but are well worth the effort!  They will provide you with spectacular blooms year after year!  HAPPY GARDENING!