All About Clematis: The best treatment for how to grow clematis in the U.S.

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All About Clematis

By goldfinch4
February 21, 2012

Despite what you may have heard about growing clematis, these beautiful plants are quite easy to grow. There are many variables to take into consideration when selecting the perfect plant for your location.

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Name: Judith Clausen
Denver, CO (Zone 6a)
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revclaus
Feb 28, 2012 1:01 PM CST
I've learned all this the hard way, as you probably have. Thanks for putting it all together in one handy place so that I can look at it whenever I plant a new clematis. Photos are great!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Feb 28, 2012 1:33 PM CST
Thank you revclaus, and glad you liked the article. I love to read and do research, so some of it I knew before I started planting them. But as with everything else, there's always a learning curve! Smiling
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Apr 20, 2012 7:21 AM CST
beautifully written article..it's going into my garden journal today.
My Dr. Ruppel has just started blooming this weekend, but I see if is all blooming heavily on one side, the other part is all the dried leaves I never got cleared out in the Fall. What type of fertilizer do you use on yours; or did I miss that part? I think I read something about using well rotted manure..can you buy that in bags at Home Depot? I think I saw where Trish showed cow manure pellets or something like that, that she had sent to her by the company. Which type of manure is best? I didn't get mine pruned back in mid March like I usually do by the landscape guy like I usually do and he feeds it something at that time but I don't think it's manure.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Apr 20, 2012 7:44 AM CST
Pippi21 said: I think I read something about using well rotted manure..can you buy that in bags at Home Depot?


I've seen 40# bags at a few of the big box stores. I can't recall if one of them was Home Depot, but it may have been...or maybe Lowe's?

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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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goldfinch4
Apr 21, 2012 7:38 AM CST
Hi Pippi, glad you enjoyed the article. Yes, composted manure will make them happy as will a handful of bone meal sprinkled around them every spring. Most big box stores and nurseries carry manure. Be sure to post pictures of your clems on the clematis forum too!
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FISHINGBABE
May 23, 2015 1:50 PM CST
I bought a clematis bag of bulbs from Sam's , got it home & all the bulbs had dryed ,dead like stems on all of them ,what do I do ? are they dead ,plz help !
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 23, 2015 4:20 PM CST
Welcome! to ATP.

Not sure what you actually have in that bag, FB. To my knowledge, clematis is not a bulb, but rather stems with roots. You might try soaking your bulbs in warm water overnight to see if they plump up again. If they're still firm after soaking, go ahead and plant them in pots. If they grow and get a leaf or two we can help you with an ID at that time.
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
May 24, 2015 3:36 PM CST
Great advice Chelle!
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