How to plant a clematis ?

In containers : use a large container pot with drainage holes so that the clematis roots have room to grow.

  1. Remove the pot, then carefully loosen up the roots if they are in a tight ball. Make sure your clematis root ball is moist and add a drainage layer with terracotta shards, clay beads or gravel.
  2. Fill the container with a good quality potting soil, then mix with organic compost and fertilizer.
  3. Position the root ball in the planting hole tilted towards support (use a stake, unless you want to let it climb on a nearby shrub).
  4. Do not water too much.

In the ground :

  1. Make a hole twice as large and deep as the size of the rootball (12 inches from support).
  2. Moisten the root ball and prepare the soil: mix it with potting soil, organic compost and fertilizer.
  3. Place your clematis in the hole, leaning onto the support without breaking the root ball. Then, pack down the potting soil.

What is the best time of year to plant a clematis ?

The best time to plant a  clematis is in late spring or early autumn. When the soil is moist and not too hot. Warning : avoid planting in winter during frosty weather periods.

How can I help my clematis climb ?

Clematis are vigorous, they are known as the "queens of climbers." How to choose the right support for your clematis ? First, pick a support that matches the expected height and vigour of your climbing clematis.They are able to climb by wrapping their leaf petiole around appropriately sized support structures.

Tips for planting : plant your clematis near the base of the support structure (around 12 inches). Place small stakes from the base of the clematis to guide the young shoots towards the support. Last step : fix the stems, do not tighten the ties too much (the stems are fragile). Clematis can climb up almost anything (trellises, garden walls, pergolas, trees…).

Can you grow clematis with climbing roses ?

Climbing roses and clematis can be planted together, they make a great combination. Clematis and climbing roses both love rich, moist, well-drained soils, so their roots are very likely to compete against each other. You should plant the different varieties at least 1 foot (30 cm) away, preferably  3 feet away (90cm).

During the first few years, you will need to regularly water your plant and add organic fertiliser. The plants will have enough resources to establish themselves. 

What should I plant in front of clematis?

Clematis are sociable climbers ! Mixing clematis with climbing roses is a classic combination. Clematis can also be combined with perennials, annuals or shrubs. Other solutions : ground-cover perennial plants like heuchera, ivy, schizophragma or another clematis.

Why do my clematis turn brown after flowering ? 

Your clematis has probably gone into hibernation (in the middle of summer). Clematis get tired after flowering and have no energy left to grow. Some will rest in the heat of the summer. 

Our advices to revive your clematis : 

  • Wait for the first Autumn rains
  • Then, your clematis under the flowers (12 inches) to wake it up! Then remember to water it every 10 days and bring a little fertiliser to the surface when you prune it.

No worries, your clematis should reappear very soon ! If not, maybe your clematis is infected with a fungal disease (wilt).

My clematis hasn't been pruned in many years. Is it too late to prune clematis 

Pruning encourages flowering and strong growth. Pruning time for clematis depends on its group (1,2 or 3). Neglected clematis can be rejuvenated by severely cutting back most of the old growth.

If you haven’t pruned your Clematis Armandii or your Clematis Montana for several years, it is not recommended to cut it severely (the shock of cutting the entire plant back could be too much for it). However, you can cut back a few branches up to 6 or 8 inches from their base.  

What direction should clematis face ?

Clematis love sunny spots, but they can also grow in partial shade. It is commonly said that clematis enjoy having their head in the sun and their feet in the shade.

Clematis enjoy sunlight on their stems and leaves, but their roots cannot tolerate the heat. If you plant your clematis at the foot of a wall, choose a southern or western exposure. Clematis vines always want their roots shaded, and the plant growing up into full sun. 

Can Clematis be used as cut flowers ?

Regular pruning of clematis encourages strong growth and flowering. Clematis vines can produce great cut flowers.They can last around 10 days in a vase. FYI : choose varieties that are well-suited for this purpose. Discover our selection of clematis suited for cut flowers. 

How to shade clematis roots ?

There are different effective ways to shade your clematis roots. You can use a terracotta tile ! It will keep the sun's rays off your clematis’ roots. You can also place a layer of mulch or plant perennials.

How do you prepare clematis for the winter ?

When the ground freezes or the air temperature drops to 25 F. (-3 C.), it is time to winterize your clematis vine. Add a generous layer of mulch around the base of your clematis and around the crown.

What soil does clematis like ?

 Clematis can tolerate a wide range of soil types. But, they thrive in moist or well-drained soil.