Clematis Viticella 'Polish Spirit' - Knowledgebase Question

Sharon, CT
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Question by greenthumb219
May 30, 1998
Would you please tell me all about the proper care for Clematis Viticella 'Polish Spirit'?

Answer from NGA
May 30, 1998
'Polish Spirit' flowers will be deep purple-blue with red centers from June - August. It's very hardy and will grow 12-15 feet high. Clematis have tendrils on their slender vines that help them attach themselves to each other and to a support wire or trellis. Grow in well-drained, fertile soil that's slightly alkaline. Keep the roots cool and the top of the plant in the sunshine. You can accomplish this by placing a low-growing annual or perennial at the base of the plant to provide shade. Your clematis will flower on new wood so cut the old woody shoots down to about 3 feet tall in the early spring. You can feed your clematis with an 8-8-8 or similar balanced fertilizer each spring.

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