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A Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Clematis for Stunning Blooms

Dear Gardening Enthusiasts,

We are thrilled to introduce our new collection of bare-root clematis. These clematis are unique but will bring natural beauty to any garden. Our clematis are carefully selected to ensure the highest quality. They are delivered in their natural state, bare-root, which means you can observe their growth from the beginning.

Caring for your bare root clematis:

  1. Begin by selecting the variety you like. They are all gorgeous, so you can’t go wrong.

  2. Upon receiving your bare root clematis, carefully unpack them and soak the roots in water for about an hour before planting. Plant your clematis after the frost has passed. April - June or August - October.

  3. Find a spot in your garden with well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight. Clematis prefer moist, well-drained soil with the base of the plant in the shade and the growth in the sunlight.

  4. Dig a hole twice the size of the root, slightly more profound than the roots, and add a layer of fertilizer at the bottom. I use bonemeal. Place the clematis in the prepared hole, ensuring that the crown (where the stems meet the roots) is level with or slightly below the soil surface. Gently spread out the roots in all directions. They cover the roots with soil. Firm up the soil to ensure the soil is in good contact with the roots.

  5. Water thoroughly throughout the growing season, but don’t fertilize while the clematis is flowering. It can shorten the clematis’s bloom time. Water deeply once a week rather than a little every day.

  6. As they grow, support the clematis with a trellis or plant support system to help them climb up and flourish. When planting next to a wall or fence, make sure to plant your clematis about 12-18 inches away from the fence or wall.

  7. Prune your clematis according to its pruning group. See more information online under product information.

  8. Fertilize your clematis in the late winter or early spring. You will want to get a slow-release, potassium-heavy fertilizer. You can add mulch around the base of the plant to keep it moist.

  9. Deadheading some clematis will help keep them blooming, but some will only flower once. See information on which pruning group your clematis is.

  10. If growing your clematis in a container, ensure it is at least 1.5 feet wide with the same depth. This will allow space for good root growth. Ensure you have support for the clematis, or it will fall over. Make sure to water regularly.

Following these simple instructions, you can plant your clematis and enjoy a beautiful array of blooms in your garden. Remember to choose the suitable variety, provide the ideal growing conditions, and give proper support and care. With patience and attention, your clematis will reward you with a stunning display of color and beauty.

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