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Filigree™ Clematis

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Reiman™ Clematis ‘Kivireim’

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I am just LOVING all the Clematis that are blooming. Everyday there is a new one opening and I am never disappointed. Today’s ‘What’s Blooming’ Plant is Reiman™.   Reiman™ Clematis is a free-flowering vine that puts on a show from June through September! Flowers of Reiman™ are bluish-purple with intense red streaks down the center of each petal. Compact habit makes it great for containers! Reiman™ Clematis‘ is part of Prune Group 3 – Prune lightly above the new leaf buds in early spring and remove any dead or weak stems. Varieties within this group flower on the new season’s growth.

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Empress™ Clematis ‘Evipo 011’

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This is the first time that I have actually seen Empress™ Clematis ‘Evipo 011‘ bloom. I was amazed at how beautiful it was! I took this picture and then went back 3 days later and the center antlers were opened up even more and I was even more amazed by its beauty and size of the bloom!

Empress™ Clematis is a charming clematis that will impress with a profusion of pink. This vine produces large double flowers that have pink petals with darker pink center bars. The inner petals sprout spiky pink “hair” and the plant blooms from May through June and again in August. Empress™ is a compact, free-flowering plant that displays well in containers.

Empress™ is part of Prune Group 2 which means- Prune lightly above the new leaf buds in early spring and remove any dead or weak stems. Early flowers appear on the previous season’s growth while late summer flowers appear on new growth.

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Clematis Pruning

Depending on the cultivar, Clematis bloom from various types of growth each year. It is important to understand how each cultivar blooms in order to properly prune them. When done properly, pruning will promote flowering. Conversely, when Clematis are not pruned properly, the flowers will be delayed or they might not flower until the next growing season. For example, certain varieties flower only on the previous year’s growth. These cultivars should only be pruned to remove weak or dead stems after they have finished flowering.

To help avoid confusion, Clematis can be separated into groups based on their flowering characteristics and pruning preferences. For your convenience, these groups are listed below. You can also view the specific pruning requirements for each cultivar by clicking on the ‘More Detail’ link at the end of each cultivar description in our online catalog.

Our general recommendation is to prune all Clematis to about 12 inches within the first year of planting. This encourages them to form a strong root system and promotes new shoots to develop which leads to more flowers in the future. In the following years, they should be pruned to a height of 3 to 5 feet or by following the specific pruning guidelines for each specific cultivar as outlined below.

  • Group 1

    Clematis cultivars in this group flower on the previous season’s growth. Generally, they can be left unpruned. If pruning is necessary, wait until the flowering is completed and remove only the weak or dead stems.

  • Group 2

    These cultivars produce early season bloom on the previous season’s growth and late season flowers on new growth. Generally, these cultivars are only pruned to shape. In the early spring (February or March), prune them lightly above the first pair of new swollen leaf buds, removing about 12 inches from each shoot. Also remove any dead or weak stems at this time.

  • Group 3

    Varieties within this group flower on the new season’s growth; they are often the most vigorous cultivars. Prune all of the main stems back to about 3 feet above the ground in February or March, leaving at least one pair of strong looking buds on each stem. Also remove any dead or weak stems at this time.

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Clematis Planting & Soil Preparation

Prepare a planting hole about 20″ deep and 18″-24″ wide. Loosen sides and bottom of hole so that roots can penetrate. Mix removed soil with lots of humus, or a compost/pine bark product, sand, one handful of lime. Partially backfill the hole with this mixture before planting.

Slip the plant from the pot without disturbing main root ball. Handle the plant carefully to avoid damaging the stems. When planting Clematis, plant them at least 2 inches deeper than it was in the pot. Planting Clematis in this manner will minimize the likelihood of Clematis wilt and will help protect the roots from cold during the winter months. Press the remainder of the compost/humus and soil mixture firmly around the plant, leaving the area slightly mounded to allow for settling. Water them thoroughly after planting.

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