Plant Now: Clematis


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Clematis plants are in shops now, so it’s a great opportunity to see them in bloom before picking out a variety to plant. Depending on which variety you grow (spring flowering, summer flowering or autumn flowering), you can have a clematis in bloom for most of the year.

Flowers may be small (as little as 2.5cm) or large (up to 25cm in diameter), single or double. They prefer a moist, well-drained soil that’s neutral to slightly alkaline in pH. They need plenty of water and regular, balanced feeding. When planting, mix a handful of bonemeal into the soil.

Clematis make great cut flowers. Pick when the blooms have just opened and remove all foliage.

Photo credits: The top images comes from Snippet & Ink; the second image is from Grey Likes Wedding.

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