Clematis Environment

Clematis grow best in locations that receive plenty of sunlight, at minimum they should receive at least 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The roots should be kept shaded to keep the roots system cool and moist. In many instances, this can be done using low growing plants such as annuals, ground covers, or low shrubs; otherwise, place 2-3″ of pine bark around the base of the plant to help retain the soil moisture. If mulches are used, keep the mulch an inch or so away from the base of the plants to prevent problems with stem diseases.

Besides planting them in a location which provides sunlight and maintains a cool root system, Clematis requires something for them to climb on or to twine around. Small, large flowered hybrids can be planted near trellises or on strings against a wall and the larger hybrids or species will require a more significant support such as a wire fence, a hedge, or a small tree.

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