Virgin’s Bower Facts: How To Grow Virgin’s Bower Clematis
The most common name for this plant is “Bower Flower”. However, it may also be called “Clematis” or simply “Clematis”. There are many different types of these plants, but they all have one thing in common; they’re small shrubs with long stems and white flowers. They grow from a single stem up to several feet tall. They bloom only once a year and then die back down to their original size.
How To Grow Virgin’s Bower Clematis
There are two ways to grow this plant. One way is to start your own garden and transplant them into it. You’ll need some soil, pots, watering cans, etc., but other than that everything else you need will come with the plant itself! Another way is to buy seedlings and make sure you get the right type.
If you want to grow them yourself, here’s how…
Buying Seedling Of Virgin’s Bower Clematis
You can usually find virgin’s bower clematis seedlings at nurseries or garden centers. Most nurseries sell both male and female plants so you don’t necessarily need to choose one gender over another. You can even find them at big discount stores. These are all viable options to get started.
The big question is, how do you know what you’re getting?
The first thing you want to do is ask for virgin’s bower clematis seedlings. Not all nurseries or garden centers will definitely know what that is, so you might have to describe it a little bit.
The next thing you want to do is just look at the seedlings themselves. Virgin’s Bower Clematis seedlings have skinny leaves that are green and look like fine needles. They also have a long stem with no leaves on it at the base, which means they don’t have a proper root system yet and need to be planted right away. You may even see some of the seedling’s roots coming out of the stem already.
Preparing The Soil And Planting
Once you have your plant, you’re going to want to prepare the soil. Virgin’s bower clematis like loose, well-draining and slightly acidic soil with a PH level between 5 and 6.5. If your soil doesn’t meet this criteria, you may need to add more peat moss or pine needles to it. You want the soil to be light and fluffy so the roots can grow easily.
You’ll also want to make sure you work in a fertilizer that is phosphorus and potassium rich, like chicken manure.
After you’ve mixed everything together, you’re ready to plant. Dig a hole 2-3 times as big as the root ball and drop the seedling in. It’s best to plant it so the top of the soil line is even with the top of the root ball. Pat the soil around it down firmly and water it right away.
Caring For Your New Virgin’s Bower Clematis
Virgin’s Bower Clematis plants need lots of sunlight, so make sure you plant them in a place that gets full sun for most of the day. They also need well-draining soil, so don’t plant them in a low-lying area that will hold water. These plants appreciate being planted in groups. space them 3 to 4 feet apart.
These are hardy plants that require little care. The most important thing to do is make sure the soil stays well draining and doesn’t hold water. You might even want to add some more sand to the soil as it breaks down over the years. Other than that, just water them and enjoy their lovely blooms!
And that’s how you grow virgin’s bower clematis from seed!
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