More Clematis Blooms - Knowledgebase Question

Mission, KS
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Question by jar48
August 18, 1998
I have 2 clematis vines called "White Star" clematis because of the white 4 petal blooms. They
normally bloom in August, how can I get the plants to bloom heavier?

Answer from NGA
August 18, 1998
The late summer blooming clematis usually do best if pruned hard in early spring, meaning cut back to within a foot or so of the ground. They also appreciate a generous top dressing of compost or well-rotted manure along with an application of a balanced ferilizer such as 10-10-10 in the spring. Finally, they like their "tops in the sun and their roots in the shade", so a heavy organic mulch (don't let it touch the stems, though) is a good idea, along with maintaining a steadily moist but not soggy soil throughout the growing season. Good luck with your clematis!

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