Answer: Start applying fertilizer when you start seeing the first signs of growth in spring and use a general fertilizer every 4-6 weeks around the plant from spring to autumn. Be sure the fertilizer is not touching the plant. Or, if you prefer, use a liquid fertilizer every 1-2 weeks sprayed onto the plant. Stop applying liquid fertilizer when flower buds begin to form. DO NOT APPLY LIQUID FERTILIZERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY as this can burn your plant. Early morning of late afternoon is best, when the sun rays are not quite so strong. When using two fertilizers it is recommended to apply at half the manufacturer application rate.
You can coax your plant up, but eventually it will twine into itself and become self-supporting. Enjoy your clematis!
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