Caring for clematis

You’ll be seeing clematis in full bloom across many gardens just now.  But it can get confusing when plants are split into groups depending on their type but to keep it simple;

Group 1 clematis means no pruning

Group 2 clematis means light pruning

Group 3 clematis means hard pruning in Spring.

Let’s talk about Group 2 clematis

Group 2 clematis blooms on old and new wood, so pruning is important. In late winter or early spring, before new growth emerges, prune lightly to remove any dead or weak stems.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry, especially during dry periods. Provide a well-draining soil to prevent root rot.

Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the stems to prevent rotting.

Support: Group 2 clematis typically benefit from some support. Install a trellis, arbor, or other suitable structure to allow the vines to climb and spread. Tie the stems loosely to the support to guide their growth.

Sun and Shade: Group 2 clematis prefers partial shade, where it receives at least six hours of sunlight a day but is protected from intense afternoon sun. Plant them where they can enjoy morning sun and afternoon shade.

Pests and Diseases: Monitor your clematis for common pests such as aphids, slugs, and snails. Watch out for signs of diseases such as powdery mildew or wilt and take appropriate action if needed.

Winter Protection: Group 2 clematis is generally hardy, but in colder regions, it may benefit from some winter protection. Apply a layer of mulch around the base and consider covering the plant with burlap or a frost blanket during severe cold spells.

If you have any questions, come and talk to us, we’d be delighted to help!