The following are some tips for caring for your new spring flowering plant:

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Watering Your Clematis Plants – How Much?

Watering your plants regularly will ensure healthy growth and prevent root rot. You need to water them every two weeks during the summer months (May through September). During the winter months (October through March), you should water once or twice a week. If you have a small garden, watering it frequently may not be possible. However, if you do have space to spare, then watering your plants once or twice a week is fine.

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Fertilizing Your Clematis Plants – How Often?

Fertilization with liquid fertilizers such as Miracle Grow or Plant Food is recommended for all new clematis plants. They contain nutrients that are needed by the plant to produce healthy shoots and leaves. These nutrients are very hardy and can survive harsh winters. Do not use soil based fertilizers because they may cause problems when applied too often.

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Pruning Your Clematis Plants – When To Prune?

Pruning your clematis plants is a delicate task that requires great skill. You should only prune your clematis plants at certain times of the year to avoid over-watering and root rot. You should not prune them during the winter months (October through March). During the spring and summer months (April through September), you should prune them once the new shoots have grown to between 6 to 12 inches in length.

4) Clematis Winter Care – How To Care For Clematis In The Winter Months

If you live in a cold or temperate climate, then you need to take special care of your clematis plants during the winter months. They can be kept in their pots and stored in a shed or garage where the temperature stays above freezing (0°C / 32°F).

Alternatively, you can plant them in the ground or in another part of your garden that stays above freezing. You should avoid exposing them to temperatures below 5°C / 40°F for extended periods of time.

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Fertilizing Your Clematis Plants – What To Use?

Pests and diseases are less likely to infest your clematis plants if you fertilize them properly. You need to use slow-release granules that contain nutrients such as nitrogen, potash, and phosphorus. You should not use liquid fertilizers because they may cause problems when applied too often.

6) Pruning Your Clematis Plants – When And How To Prune?

Sources & references used in this article:

Growing Clematis by CJ Martin – 2008 – hoosiergardener.com

Rooting of clematis microshoots and stem cuttings in different substrates by S Kreen, M Svensson, K Rumpunen – Scientia Horticulturae, 2002 – Elsevier

Intersimple sequence repeat fingerprinting and genetic variation in a collection of Clematis cultivars and commercial germplasm by R Gooch – 1996 – Trafalgar Square Publishing

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