On this page you will find information on growing clematis. The origin of the word ‘Clematis’ is from a Greek word ‘klema’ which meant ‘climbing’. Clematis belong to the Ranunculaceae family, along with anemones, buttercups and peonies. Clematis can have a blooming period that lasts from the late winter season to late fall. Some clematis species may grow up to 9 meters high, whereas others will grow an average of 2 meters
The majority of Clematis are known to be a climbing plant. Countries that are located on the temperate regions of Northern Hemisphere like United Kingdom and other cooler parts of the United States would make an ideal location to grow clematis.
Require less sunlight as they thrive in moist, well-drained fertile soil. Regular watering is needed because clematis will not grow well when they’re lack moisture. It is recommended to shade the plants using broken crockery or low-growing plants.
Clematis should not be planted when it has already dried out. They should be first soaked (preferably overnight) in a bucket of water. Prior to planting clematis, dig a hole about 2 inches deeper than the root ball. Mix the soil from the hole with manure, compost or other organic matter, then place the clematis in the hole. Make sure though, that the crown is at least 2 inches below the surface of the soil. Fill in with soil and organic matter. Water the plant whenever necessary.
To encourage new growth of clematis after you have planted it, stems are cut from just above a healthy pair of the leaf buds measured between 7 and 12 inches from the ground. However, if the clematis is flowering, stem-cutting is best be avoided. You should provide something for the clematis to climb up too by leaning the plant and its vine towards a wall or fence for support. Clematis should be kept moisturized at all times. A good tip is to affix some chicken wire to a wall or fence, this give the clematis ample opportunity to grow both upwards and sideways.