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Blue Clematis

A Quick Guide on Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis is one of the most beautiful vine growing flowers that you can find, and they are also one of the most popular. People like these vine flowers because of their stunning color when in bloom; the color of the flower petals can range from deep blue to light blue. Some Blue Clematis flowers may actually appear to be purple as well, and there are also white and red varieties. The leaves of the vines are dark green and can be nearly as large as the flower petals. Some varieties of this vine flower can actually grow up to 5 to 6 inches in diameter, which is quite large for vine flowers.

The Blue Clematis vines are very fragile and easy broken so when growing and caring for these vines it’s important to handle them gently. This type of vine flower will grow best when they can climb, as apposed to letting them lay on the ground. There are many types of vines that do work well as ground cover but the clematis varieties are not recommended for use as ground cover.

To ensure that the Blue Clematis vines have something to grab on to so that they can grow upward you can use chicken wire. Take the chicken wire and nail it to a wooden fence or a railing and this will give the vines plenty of room to grow.

Blue Clematis will do well if they are planted in full sun, but it is also possible to get good results if they are planted in partial shade as well, depending on the climate you live in. You can also plant these vines in a large pot, as long as you have provided a pole in the pot so that the vines can climb. You will want to be sure to add some well draining soil if your soil isn’t the best quality; also it may be a good idea to use some natural fertilizer as well.

Whether you plant these flowers in a pot or outdoors you will need to water them well after you first plant them; thereafter you can water on a weekly basis for the best results. If you do not prune these vines they can grow as tall as 8 feet. Although pruning is not necessary, some people find that if they do some trimming on the Blue Clematis it encourages new growth and helps to keep the vines looking great.

Blue Clematis vines are an attractor for both hummingbirds and butterflies; they are drawn by the flower’s nectar. Butterflies may gather around your vines by the hundreds, which is very pleasant if you like the sight of butterflies. If you have some areas of your vines that are particularly thick, you may also find that butterflies will nest in these areas.

Unlike Ivy, Blue Clematis vines are not quite as intrusive if you decide to let them grow up the side of your house, though you do have to be careful that the vines to not find their way under siding or into your attic.

To ensure that your vines stay healthy you should learn how to recognize disease in this variety of flower. Usually when disease is present you will notice that the leaves and flowers are starting to wilt for no apparent reason; the wilting is caused by a fungus that has entered through the stem of the vines and there is no way to treat this problem. The best coarse of action to keep the fungus from spreading to the rest of the plant is to cut away the wilted area. This will keep the fungus from killing all of the vines and flowers.


 

 


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