|I have the following clematis: Will Goody, Piilu, Jackamii, and Niobe. I would like to know whether to prune, and if so, when to prune. Also, I would like to know how to get them to flourish more. I had them for 2 years, and thus far, had so so performance (no flower density). Do I deadhead? Do I use a specific type of fertilizer?(I used Miracle-Gro fertilizer last year.)|
|Clematis usually require about three years to become fully established and begin to bloom their best. They will grow best in full sun or at least a half a day of direct full sun. (In too shady a location they may not bloom very well.) |
Their roots should be well mulched year round. This helps keep the soil evenly moist (damp not sopping wet) which is what they prefer.
Topdressing with compost once or twice a year will help feed the soil, as will using an organic mulch. You could also use a general purpose granular or slow release fertilizer with an analysis of 10-10-10 or similar proportions; read and follow the label directions for how to apply it.
Deadheading will not harm the plant but with a full grown vine can be a little bit impractical. Correct pruning can help maximize bloom. Here is a general guide to clematis pruning and care you may find helpful.
Enjoy your clematis this year!