Clematis armandii growth - Knowledgebase Question

Jonesboro, AR
Question by tarammaher
July 28, 2005
We have 2 evergreen clematis vines that we planted in April/May of this year. I had to cut off the original growth (what it had when I bought it) because it died. The new growth is going good. I have not put any fertilizer on it. Should I? And if so, what kind, how often, etc.? Also, it has reached the top of our pergola but is having a hard time finding anything to grab on to (the slats are @ 8 or 10 in apart). I have some of the plant netting I used to help it grow up the poles, should I use more of that on top?
Thanks, Tara

Answer from NGA
July 28, 2005


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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