How do I Grow Clematis?
Clematis (Ranunculaceae) is a flowering perennial vine that attracts hummingbirds and is great for growing in small spaces because it grows vertically rather than horizontally.
Clematis only needs small space of soil in which to grow (it makes a great container plant) and the vine will produce an abundance of colorful blooms throughout the summer. Find a small landscape spot that could use some vertical color and texture, then follow these guidelines for planting and growing clematis.
Clematis Planting Location
Clematis grows best in when planted in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. Select a planting location that receives at least 6 hours of sun each day.
The vine grows vigorously and will need a support on which to grow. Select a location that already has a trellis, lamp post, mail box or has space to add an upright support structure.
How do I Plant Clematis?
Prepare the soil of the selected planting location by digging a hole that is 4 inches wider and deeper than the container which the clematis vine is purchased in. Create a 50/50 soil and compost mixture with the removed soil, then place 4 inches of the soil/compost mix back into the planting hole. Remove the clematis from its container and place it in the center of the planting hole at the same depth as it was in the original container. Fill in the remainder of the planting hole with the soil/compost mixture.
Water and add a layer of organic mulch at the base of the clematis to keep the soil cool and prevent weed growth.
If planting the clematis in a container, use quality potting soil, water vine and mulch top of soil immediately after planting.
Clematis After Care
The soil must be kept cool with a layer of mulch or the vine will not survive, so add a fresh layer of organic mulch on top of the soil as needed.
Do not feed clematis while it is flowering. Feed in early spring prior to the first flower opening with a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10).
Kep soil moist, but not soggy.
Mature Size of Clematis
The width of a mature clematis will be approximately 3 feet, regardless of variety grown, but the height can vary greatly. Clematis will reach a mature height of between 4 and 30 feet, depending on variety planted. Vines can be pruned to desired height. Some clematis are evergreen, some are deciduous, all are perennials that will last for years.