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Clematis spp. Plant Care Reminders

Virgins bower , Leather flower, vase vine

General Information

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Plant Care Instructions By Lucy Warren

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones :1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    March
    1. Buy

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    2. Plant

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    3. Water

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.
    4. Mulch

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Clematis are caterpillar magnets, they can be hand picked or use Bt. Watch for mildew, hose off plants, trim for good air circulation, topical application of fungicide.
    April
    1. Buy

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    2. Plant

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    3. Fertilize

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.
    4. Water

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.
    5. Mulch

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Clematis are caterpillar magnets, they can be hand picked or use Bt. Watch for mildew, hose off plants, trim for good air circulation, topical application of fungicide. Slugs love the young shoots, use slug bait.
    May
    1. Buy

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    2. Plant

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    3. Fertilize

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.
    4. Water

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.
    5. Prune

    Prune for size after flowers have bloomed.
    6. Mulch

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Clematis are caterpillar magnets, they can be hand picked or use Bt. Watch for mildew, hose off plants, trim for good air circulation, topical application of fungicide. Slugs love the young shoots, use slug bait.
    June
    1. Fertilize

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering. Use a generous amount of time release and water thoroughly for plants in the ground.
    2. Water

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.
    3. Mulch

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Clematis are caterpillar magnets, they can be hand picked or use Bt. Watch for mildew, hose off plants, trim for good air circulation, topical application of fungicide. Slugs love the young shoots, use slug bait. Earwigs can be controlled with pesticides or traps.
    July
    1. Fertilize

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.
    2. Water

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.
    3. Mulch

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Earwigs can be controlled with pesticides or traps.
    August
    1. Fertilize

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.
    2. Water

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.
    3. Mulch

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.
    September
    1. Buy

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    2. Plant

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    3. Fertilize

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.
    4. Water

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.
    5. Mulch

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.
    October
    1. Buy

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    2. Plant

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.
    3. Fertilize

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.
    4. Water

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    March

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    April

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    May

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    September

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    October

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    April

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    May

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    September

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    October

    Clematis grown in containers can be planted throughout the year but the best time to plant them is in the spring and early fall.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.

    May

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.

    June

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.
    Use a generous amount of time release and water thoroughly for plants in the ground.

    July

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.

    August

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.

    September

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.

    October

    Use liquid fertilizer once a month during the main growing season for container plants to obtain optimal growth and flowering.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    March

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.

    April

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.

    May

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.

    June

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.

    July

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.

    August

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.

    September

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.

    October

    Plant in spot that is well drained, but keep roots moist. Normal summer watering requires soaking a couple of times a week, in extreme heat this may increase to as much as twice a day.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    May

    Prune for size after flowers have bloomed.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.

    April

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.

    May

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.

    June

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.

    July

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.

    August

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.

    September

    Roots should be kept cool with shade and mulch.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    March

    Clematis are caterpillar magnets, they can be hand picked or use Bt.
    Watch for mildew, hose off plants, trim for good air circulation, topical application of fungicide.

    April

    Clematis are caterpillar magnets, they can be hand picked or use Bt. Watch for mildew, hose off plants, trim for good air circulation, topical application of fungicide. Slugs love the young shoots, use slug bait.

    May

    Clematis are caterpillar magnets, they can be hand picked or use Bt. Watch for mildew, hose off plants, trim for good air circulation, topical application of fungicide. Slugs love the young shoots, use slug bait.

    June

    Clematis are caterpillar magnets, they can be hand picked or use Bt. Watch for mildew, hose off plants, trim for good air circulation, topical application of fungicide. Slugs love the young shoots, use slug bait. Earwigs can be controlled with pesticides or traps.

    July

    Earwigs can be controlled with pesticides or traps.

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