Clematis forum: Is there a Clematis for Dummies?

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Mar 1, 2010 5:30 PM CST
I'd like to get a couple of clems, but I've been trying to find some information on the EXTREME BASICS of clems.. like, will they grow here, what kind of soil, how much sun/water, blah blah blah. If anyone can point me in the right direction (I did read the articles in the Learning Center), I'd appreciate it.
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Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana - Zone 8b/9a (Zone 8b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Herbs Garden Art
Daylilies Irises Clematis Roses Region: Louisiana
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BlissfulGarden
Mar 3, 2010 10:55 AM CST
Toni, my absolute favorite beginners book for clematis is a small book put out by both the British and the American Horticultural Societies, published by DK Books. The title is Practical Guides: Clematis. It's currently out of print, but I have consistently found it available at public libraries. It's also sometimes listed in used form on Amazon.

In addition to the book, there is some OUTSTANDING information available free to all users and posted by the International Clematis Society. Here's a link to the main page: http://clematisinternational.com/questoc03.html

Look at the links to the left side of that page and choose your topic.

I will definitely be posting a care section here and also on my business site. At the moment, I am immersed in database creation. I've posted the warm weather clems in the Learning Center and should be posted cold weather info over there soon as well.

Thanks for being patient with me while I build the Cubit to be the best it can be!

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~Evey =)

"Grow where you are planted." - My gpa
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Mar 3, 2010 11:23 AM CST
Evey - Patience has nothing to do with it.. my ground here is still a frozen brick! I have a minimum of 6" of mulch in the front yard (completely mulched it in) and I walked around this morning checking out the roses (it's going to be nearly 60 today!!!). I didn't sink down one iota.. it was like I was walking on concrete. So, I don't think I'm going to be digging any time in the near future. Maybe in a couple of weeks to the end of the month, perhaps. We need a wet sloppy snowstorm!!

But thank you for the links! I'm wanting something in the blue family.. there's no true-blue rose, so I figure I'll get my blue fix from clems perhaps. Smiling Anyone grow a clem inside of a pine tree? I have a Wate's Gold Pine (green in summer, yellow in winter) and a Hillside Gold Pine (same, green in summer, gold in winter) and was wondering if they'd be OK for a clem or two?

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Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana - Zone 8b/9a (Zone 8b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Herbs Garden Art
Daylilies Irises Clematis Roses Region: Louisiana
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BlissfulGarden
Mar 3, 2010 11:48 AM CST
Sure you can use a pine tree for support! I posted a picture of a clem growing through fir over in the Shrubs as Support thread.... and the textures are similar. Pirl and Venu both have clems growing in a shady aspect in a cooler region, so it should work fine for you as well.
~Evey =)

"Grow where you are planted." - My gpa

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