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Springtime Care for Clematis

By BookerC1
March 19, 2012

Don't give up on the clematis that seems to have died over the winter. Give it a good soaking with a little Epsom salts in the water, and you may be pleasantly surprised to see the resurrection of your lost plant!

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Name: Pegi Putnam
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Samigal
Mar 18, 2012 7:21 PM CST
I don't have a clematis, although I have been wanting one for a long time, but will keep this tip in my files as I do sometimes seem to kill a lot of plants. Lovey dubby
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Joannabanana
Mar 18, 2012 8:04 PM CST
I use Epsom salts for many plants. It helps plants with the uptake of nutrients. The flowers will be bigger and deeper colour. The foliage will be greener too. All my roses get Epson salts a few times during the growing season. Tomatoes & Peppers have bigger fruit and more.
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Marilyn
Mar 18, 2012 10:03 PM CST
I don't have Clematis, but....

Will any Epsom salts be ok or does it have to be garden Epsom salts?

How much Epsom salts to how much water?

Does it need to sit overnight before using it?

How much do you pour on each plant?

How often (how many times) do you pour it over each plant?

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ge1836
Mar 19, 2012 3:48 AM CST
hat is the dilution?
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Joannabanana
Mar 19, 2012 7:15 AM CST
I just put 1/4 cup around the plant and as it rains or watering, it seeps in. No special grade, just plain Epson salts. I usually buy it from Costco in the big jugs in there health & beauty area

Here's some great info. Check out the additional pages with recommendations for use.
http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/garden/
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Marilyn
Mar 19, 2012 9:36 AM CST
Thanks Joannabanana! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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BookerC1
Mar 19, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Thanks, Joanna! You got here before I did! I just buy it in bags at Wal-Mart (it is in the pharmacy area). I typically put 1/4 c. in the bottom of a gallon watering can, add a few inches of very warm water, and stir to dissolve. Then I fill the can the rest of the way from my rain barrels, and use it to water my clematis, roses, and tomatoes! If I'm doing a lot of watering, I'll mix up a bigger batch of the dissolved Epsom salts Just guess-timating, but I probably dissolve a couple of cups of Epsom salts in a gallon pitcher of very warm water, and then add that concentrate to each watering can before filling it with rain water. I also give my tomatoes a handful of Epsom salts in the hole as I plant them.

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Marilyn
Mar 19, 2012 11:21 AM CST
Thanks Angie for your info also! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

Do y'all do it once a season for your plants or do you do it more than once? I'm talking about outdoor plants/containers.

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BookerC1
Mar 19, 2012 12:38 PM CST
I generally do it in the spring, and again after flowering, for my clematis and roses. For the tomatoes, I add some at planting time, but rarely get around to adding more later. I think it would be really hard to overdo it. Hilarious!
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Mar 19, 2012 4:03 PM CST
Thanks Angie! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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Joannabanana
Mar 19, 2012 4:36 PM CST
Sorry Angie, didn't mean to highjack your Tip of the Day. I don't have time to disolve, so I just put it around my plants and let Mother Nater take care of soaking in. I add it when I see that it has disappeared, so probalbly about every 3 weeks or so during the growing season
Name: Angie
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BookerC1
Mar 20, 2012 4:57 PM CST
No, I'm glad you jumped in, Joanne! I didn't know my tip was going to be published yesterday, so didn't check in til late in the day!
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woofie
May 17, 2013 8:57 AM CST
Well, I am very glad that this tip popped up in the Random Ideas box today! I missed this the first time around, and it is so timely! And I know we have some epsom salt around here somewhere. Smiling
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