Bloom development starts in the bud phase of the plant. Buds are forming weeks before they enlarge and open into flower. In the period that the buds are forming, extreme weather can impact the outcome of the first few blooms. This can include extremes in heat, water or the shock of a heavy fertilizer application.

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All plants have one mission to their existence, to grow, bloom and set seed to perpetuate themselves if you will. We have all appreciated the late fall and winter ‘seed heads’ on clematis, which add a unique beauty to the
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Plant dormancy is stress as well as seasonally induced. Clematis plants have the capability to perform and look beautiful for a long season.
Hydration is important as the summer draws on and you may think leaving your garden to the
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Some varieties of clematis have a tendency to fewer stems than others, but in many cases this is created by our pruning habits. Every type 1 and 2 clematis benefits from being pruned hard  at least 1, or even 2 … Read more

One of the main causes of stem collapse is damage from wind or slugs. If you inspect the withering stem you can often see the damaged point, which sometimes is traceable to the point where you secured the stem
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Clematis are a beautiful flower on their own, but can be absolutely stunning when paired with other flowers. Here is a list of clematis/rose combinations, paired in both harmonious and contrasting examples, that work very well.

Harmonious Rose and Clematis

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Growing Clematis in Winter

Excessive moisture on a dormant clematis is something to avoid, so consider this when you decide what to do in the winter with your container grown clematis.

In winter, clematis containers can be moved to … Read more

Like most plants, clematis like to have even soil moisture without periods of excessive dryness or periods being waterlogged thru poor drainage. Clematis have proved themselves very adaptable in the garden, but being mindful of watering helps the plants … Read more

Most clematis are vigorous, climbing vines. Sometimes referred to  as ‘heavy feeders”, most nutrition is provided by the soil that you plant your clematis in. Fertilizer helps growth and blooms but can not replace planting in good soil. As … Read more

Pruning Type 1 Clematis Flowers

Type 1 clematis are those that bloom the earliest in your garden or on your patio in containers. These clematis form buds in the previous season that are ready at the first signs of  warming … Read more

When your clematis plants are ready to be planted outside, start by selecting a location in an area that has good drainage.

digging-a-hole-to-plant-your-clematisNext dig a hole as large as 18 inches deep and 12- 15 inches wide for each … Read more

best-growing-soil-for-clematis-plantsSoil rich with organic matter and chunky grit such as sharp gravel or horticultural sand is the optimum outdoor planting medium because immature clematis roots find it easier to reach out and grow. Whereas dense soils like clay or rocky … Read more

In mid to late summer, browning lower leaves can be a sign of dehydration, so it is important to keep up watering through the entire growing season. When a plant does not need a leaf any more, the leaf … Read more

Do you have clematis that are bare on the bottom of the plant? 

Bare bottoms are more likely on clematis that have not been hard pruned. In some cases this is because the gardener does chooses not to hard … Read more