Your Guide to Clematis Care

 

Once Clematis are established they need very little care. They do however, need some attention in their first two years. Get your Clematis off to the best start by taking care when planting.

The best times to plant Clematis plants are in autumn and spring, when the soil is at it's most moist.

 

Water well for the first six months or so. Clematis plants are relatively free from pests and diseases, but look out for Clematis Wilt, Mildew or Slime Flux. Clematis Wilt can be the most threatening. If your Clematis shoots are wilting or turning brown, it is likely that your Clematis is suffering from this disease. Pests and diseases can be kept at bay by keeping your clematis plants healthy, pruning them each year and keeping their roots moist.

 

Pruning Clematis doesn't have to be complicated, follow these simple instructions and your Clematis should carry on growing vigorously. Firstly, find out which group your Clematis belongs to.

 

Group 1 consists of Clematis that flower earlier in the year and should be pruned lightly to get rid of any damaged shoots. Group 2 consists of large-flowering Clematis that bloom in early summer and need to be pruned lightly to keep them within bounds and encourage new growth. Group 3 is made up of Clematis that flower from mid-summer and must be pruned in late winter, simply cut back the main stems in late winter to 25cm (10in) from ground level.

If you are still unsure about how to care for your Clematis, take a look at our seasonal guide below...

Spring

  • Plant new Clematis.
  • Prune established Clematis to encourage healthy, new growth.
  • Feed Clematis with a mulch of well rotted compost. Bonemeal will work just as well if you don't have your own compost.

 

Summer

  • Give any container Clematis some tomato feed and water well.
  • Water young Clematis as the weather becomes hotter to stop the soil from drying out.
  • Take cuttings in June.

 

Autumn

  • Collect Clematis seeds when they are ripe enough to harvest and sow.
  • The soil is warm and moist enough to plant new Clematis.

 

Winter

  • Protect your Clematis from the harsh winter weather. Move your Clematis pots inside and cover those in beds and borders with fleece.

Now that you have everything you need to know to growing Clematis Plants, take a look at  our arrange of prestige Clematis Plants!

You may also be interesting in Christine Walken's article on Clematis Plants


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