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Growing Clematis With Spiraclimb
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With so many varieties of Clematis available you could fill your garden with colour all year round, some flower very early and some stay flowering late into the autumn. For the winter months choose evergreen varieties to clothe your Spiraclimb.

Most important to remember in the summer months keep bases of pots in shade, cover soil with bark, shingle or slate and water regularly to prevent wilting.

Clematis loves lime, add builders rubble to soil though avoid fresh lime in large amounts as this will risk killing the plant.

Clematis will also tolerate other climbers sharing the same Spiraclimb. Climbing in a complementary way with a scrambling rose for example. Giving you the opportunity to choose plants that will flower together or in succession for an extended continuation of colour.

Potting your Clematis

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Most varieties are sensitive to drying out. Ensure that when potting a Clematis for growth on the Spiraclimb that its roots are well watered. Some varieties prefer to be thoroughly soaked before being transferred to a new location. Some plant feed after re-potting will also help to establish the plant in its new home and encourage growth along the Spiraclimb.

Pruning Clematis

Some should be cut back and others pruned very lightly. Every time you prune, fertilize the roots to stimulate new growth.

To get the most from your Clematis it is important to know which group it belongs to and to understand its pruning needs, as pruning will affect the flowering process.

Group One the Species Clematis

  • Including: - The montana, macropetala, alpine and evergreen varieties.
  • These do not have to be pruned regularly, only to keep them neat or in order to rejuvenate older plants.
  • Species Clematis typically flowers before the end of May.
  • Prune immediately after flowering though never later than June.
  • Cut out any weak or dead stems.
  • After pruning check that remaining your Spiraclimb supports stems securely.

Group Two Early Flowering Hybrids (All Large Flowered Hybrids)

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  • Which produce their flowers on old wood.
  • They begin flowering before the end of June with a second flush of smaller blooms.
  • Prune these Clematis in February or early March, as you will be able to see new buds forming as the plant will be growing strongly.
  • Remove all dead and weak growth and then cut back all stems to the healthiest pair of buds.

Group Three Late Flowering Hybrids

Including: - jackmanii, viticella and texensis.

  • All old growth dies down naturally each year making pruning fairly straightforward.
  • Cut back hard anytime between January and March cutting stems back to the bottom pair of buds.
  • These plants readily produce new shoots from the roots and hard annual pruning encourages this ensuring you are beginning with a healthy new plant each year.