The Q&A Archives: Clematis In Texas?

Question: For years now I have been trying to get clematis to grow here in north central Texas. I have checked my soils pH, fertilized, insured that the plant is well watered, and that the soil has good drainage. It says to plant the vine in full sun. Is that wrong for Texas? No matter the effort I put forth the potted plants dry up and die within a month or so of planting.

Answer: Most standard types of clematis suffer in the Texas heat. I have seen some doing well in areas where their tops got some sun or at least dappled shade, and their roots were in a shady area with a good mulch to help keep them cool. They want to be moist but not soggy-wet, and they will benefit from some compost added to their soil prior to planting.

A type of clematis that is different in appearance but well adapted to Texas is the Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis dioscorifolia).

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