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The Basics of Clematis Care

Many beginning gardeners would love to add some climbing flowers to their home’s landscaping plans, and learning the basics of Clematis care can help you do just that. Of all of the varieties of Clematis, most (all but two in fact) are climbing.  There are hundreds of types of clematis, and most are fairly easy to grow and maintain.

Some of the notable features of some types of clematis is that they provide abundant blooms for several months a year. Some feature flowers that actually change in color and many are scented. If you are new to growing clematis, here are some of the basics of their growth and care.


One of things that make Clematis such a popular choice is that, in most climates, they can be planted most any time. There are, however, specific things to be careful of depending on when you plant. For example, if you plant in the summer, you will need to be extra careful about providing sufficient water. If you plant your Clematis in the fall, you will need to prune the plants when spring rolls around.

Of course, as a climbing plant, you will need to provide the Clematis with something on which it can climb. Whether you choose a trellis, a fence or some type of mesh, you will need to make sure that you attach the vine carefully and securely.

Planting in containers is an option with certain types of Clematis. The container will need to be well over a foot tall and you will need to be sure that you have selected soil that is appropriate for your particular variety of Clematis. Even though the plant is in a container, you can still provide it with something to climb on, such as a small trellis.


This may be one of the most hotly debated topics about Clematis care.  While some understand the value of proper pruning, others are reluctant to trim away at all of their hard work. The good news is that, unlike with some other plants, the worst damage that you can do by pruning too soon is to cause the flowering to be slightly delayed.


As with any plant, Clematis care includes watching for and working to prevent common problems. One of the most common is when the plant is not secured properly to the fence or trellis. This can cause damage to the stems.

Other problems include fungus such as mildew. To help prevent this problem, be sure that the plant has sufficient circulation. If caught early, treatment is simple and effective.

Pests, such as earwigs and slugs, can also be problematic to Clematis plants. You will need to provide proper bait and pesticides in order to combat these problems.

The basics of Clematis care are not difficult to master. As mentioned earlier, this is among the most simple of plants to grow and keep alive.

With a minimum of care, your plant can flourish and provide you with fragrant blooms several months out of the year.



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