Clematis Flowering Vine
The Clematis genus includes nine species, all part of the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. Popular with gardeners since 1862, Clematis hybrids are now grown around the world. Chinese and Japanese varieties have become garden standbys. Here are some of the most popular types of clematis. A few of the most common varieties include: jackmanii, ginkgo biloba, and nikko.
Clematis prefer shady, cool areas, but they can also tolerate dry areas. Planting Clematis against a wall or next to a wall in an area that receives little rain is best. This will help keep the roots moist and promote more flowering. However, if you are planting your clematis in the open, it might need extra watering. After the first flush of blooms, you should deadhead your clematis.
Planting Clematis is not as difficult as you might think. Most species don’t require traditional staking, but they do require support for their climbing habit. Vining clematis, like Stand by Me, won’t grow without some type of support. The leaves wrap themselves around supports with a diameter of about half an inch. Thinner supports are required for these vines, so they can be planted close to a wall, arbor, lamp post, etc.
Despite its soaring beauty, clematis are highly susceptible to rabbit attacks. Their roots prefer cool, moist conditions. Hence, you should place light protection around the base of the plant, or else your clematis could get gnawed. If you have a garden with rabbits, make sure to protect it with chicken wire, and you can expect them to damage the plants. If you want to protect your clumps, make sure to remove them and store them in plastic bags to prevent pests from accessing them.
A fungal wilt is another problem that affects the Clematis plant. This disease can damage the plant, so the first step is to remove all infected parts of the flower. If you’re not certain which species is infected, you can test it for wilt by removing the infected stems and buds. Once you know for sure, you can then proceed with treating the infected plant.
The clematis plant has a specialized root system and needs to be pruned regularly to stay healthy. The best time to prune your clematis is early in the spring. Its leaves should remain green and it should be in a healthy state. In order to have a beautiful garden, you must select the clematis that have a good shape. The following hints can help you choose the right clovers.
A clematis plant should be planted in a well-drained and fertile soil. This type will grow best in a sunny spot and will need to be protected from winter. After flowering, Clematis plants need to be pruned on a regular basis. Pruning is important to keep the plant healthy and in shape. When pruning, you should start at the time when the stems have turned brown and the flowers have already begun to form.
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