The Q&A Archives: Ideal Conditions for Clematis

Question: What are the best conditions to grow a clematis ? Where is the best place to plant? Chris Murphy Crete, IL

Answer: Clematis requires very rich, well drained soil, plenty of water, and plenty of light. It likes a somewhat neutral pH, though doesn't mind acid or alkaline as long as not too extreme. Plant at least 18"-24" away from walls or overhangs to insure it gets enough water. Mulch well, or surround with a low-growing ground cover to help keep roots cool. You will also have to provide a trellis for the plant to climb on.

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