Clematis…Helpful Growing Tips!

Plant placement is particularly important for clematis.  They prefer soil that is slightly on the sweet side.  For our naturally acidic soil that might mean adding a few handfuls of ground limestone when planting.  They like soil rich in organic matter.  Mulch in well.

Choose a location that insures that their roots will remain shaded while they climb for the sun.  The north side of a hedge or low evergreen works fine.
While many varieties offer sensational ranges of color, deep reds and purples are often more effective in a spot offering filtered light.  This will keep them color-fast, keep the soil moist and feed them regularly with either a liquid food or a 5-10-5 type fertilizer.
New plants will benefit from staking.  Use a soft twine to tie stems to supports.