Pruning Clematis will encourage a healthy flourish of flowers from this beloved classic, its beautiful blooms making this creeper extremely popular among English garden lovers. Not only garden enthusiasts love it, but also bumblebees and bees will come to collect the tasty nectar of Clematis. With stunning, fragrant flower clusters, this swinging plant brightens up every garden, pergola and fence. Climbing up against the facade of the house, it is an eye-catcher. Clematis comes in many different types and sizes. From early flowering species with large, deep purple blooms to evergreen species with lovely flowers in white; from fast-growing varieties with beautiful flowers in dark pink to double-flowered varieties in baby blue, white or purple. To encourage a rich flowering period pruning Clematis is advised. But how do you prune a Clematis? Is it difficult? What is the best time to prune one?
How do I prune a Clematis?
How do I prune a Clematis? To properly prune a Clematis, it is important to know which variety you have. The species you own will determine when you should prune it. There are three different pruning groups that a Clematis can belong to; the first is the spring flowering Clematis which blooms on old wood. If you own this variety, it is best to prune the plant just after it flowers in summer. There is no need to give this type an annual prune. Just remove a quarter of the new shoots once a year, which also ensures the plant not becoming too sparse at its base. Do not be too vigorous when pruning this spring bloomer though, as they do not enjoy it. The early flowering (summer) Clematis blossom at the end of May until the beginning of June. Their blooms grow partly on old and new wood and are renowned for their beautifully large flowers. Stimulate growth of summer flowering plants by pruning back the offshoots to a healthy bud at the end of the winter. To promote the return of the blossoms, prune the shoots after flowering. The third and last group – the late bloomers – include the type of Clematis that are easiest to prune. These flowers bloom on new wood and are pruned by cutting the plant back to about fifteen to thirty centimetres above the ground at the end of the winter. Just take the whole bunch together in your hand and snip them off. You see, pruning a Clematis is not that difficult if you know which species or group it belongs too.
Clematis care: How do I care for a Clematis?
Clematis is a low maintenance plant. All Clematises prefer to be positioned in the sun or partial shade, although you should always make sure the roots are deep in shadow. Plant a low shrub or place a roof tile at the base of Clematis to keep it shaded. Clematis like having their roots buried in humus-rich soil to allow moisture to pass through easily. Plant in April and enjoy the flowers of this beautiful creeper all summer long. Plant one in the open ground or a pot or planter, and water your plants regularly (especially when it is in a pot). Provide support for the plant, particularly when grown on a pergola, wall, tree, facade or fence. During the growing period from March to May, Clematis can use some additional nutrients as well. A choice location, plenty of water and a little extra food: your Clematis will not demand much more care than this.
When does Clematis bloom?
The group to which a species of Clematis belongs determines what time of the year it will bloom. There are spring flowering plants, summer flowering and autumn flowering plants. The spring flowering plants bloom from April to May, summer flowering plants May to June, and the late flowering kinds from July to August. To extend the flowering period in your garden, plant all three kinds of Clematis in your garden and to enjoy a full season of stunning blooms.