This page discusses Clematis container gardening. Containers offer a lot of flexibility regarding where you can plant your Clematis. We will also provide tips on getting the most out of your container-grown clematis plants.
Clematis is a great plant if you need to cover a bare wall or fence or have a trellis or pergolas that need something to grow up. Clematis flowers come in many different colors, and there are over 400 types of Clematis.
Flowers can be pretty enormous or quite small, depending on the species. They come in many different hues to choose from. Their design can be customized to be either single- or double-sided, depending on your requirements. They reach maturity between March and July. Choose the correct flowers to cover a bare wall. It will make your garden look great.
Some gardeners may need to grow Clematis in containers because they don't have any soil or space to grow in, or the soil is too heavy. Clematises don't like wet soil, so they need good drainage to thrive. You have a wide choice of types of Clematis, so how do you plant them in containers? Let's explore this further. But first, what is a Clematis?
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WHAT IS CLEMATIS?
Clematis is a popular vine that has beautiful, long-lasting flowers. After the flowers fade, the plant produces interesting seeds that are decorative in their own right. Clematis vines grow quickly and can easily wrap around nearby objects. It is important not to plant two clematises next to each other, as they will look very similar, and it will be hard to tell them apart.
Some people think it looks beautiful to have two different colors of flowers next to each other. But it can be a lot of work to take care of them. It is because you might be unable to tell which vines belong to which Clematis when they are not flowering. If you prune them wrong, you might ruin the plants.
Many different types of Clematis can be grown in your garden. There are over 400 different types, and the number keeps going up. Many hybrids of Clematis are hardy and can handle the cold, snow, and hard frosts.
Clematis can be broadly divided into two groups: large-flowered and small-flowered. No matter which type you choose, you need to support the plant so you can admire its beauty.
You can use trellises, arbors, and pergolas to grow plants in the middle of your garden or against walls and fences. Using a trellis or wire mesh on the wall, the plant will have something to grip onto and climb up. Remember that large woody clematises need a strong support structure, as they can be heavy. If it is made out of soft material, it will break under the weight of the plant.
Most large-flowered clematises have flowers that grow up to 20 cm in diameter. However, some can have flowers as big as 30 cm. Clematis x jackmanii is a popular variety of this type, with large, purple flowers.
There are many different types of Clematis. For example, there is the pink 'Comtesse de Bouchard.' This type of clematis blooms from July to autumn. Another type is Clematis lanuginosa and its hybrids, which include the red 'Crimson King,' the white 'Henri' and 'Candida,' and the pale blue 'Ramona.'
Another large flowering clematis often seen in gardens is Clematis patens' Nelly Moser' with its mauve and pink-striped flowers that appear from June.
Small-flowered clematises are often woody vines. It includes the often seen Clematis Montana, with numerous white, star-like flowers appearing in spring to early summer. Another option is Clematis Montana Rubens which has purple flowers.
Clematis blossoms vary—small yellow Clematis tangutica flowers. June until September. Small red Clematis texensis flowers. June flowers. Clematis paniculata has star-shaped, aromatic petals. Late summer and fall. All of these varieties are climbers that grow for several months.
THE BEST CONTAINERS TO GROW CLEMATISES IN
You need to use a container that will not overheat the Clematis. The material of the container is essential. You should use ceramic, stone, or wood instead of plastic or metal. It is because they heat slowly and do not cook the roots. The container should also be light in color, so it does not absorb radiation. It is also essential that the container has a lot of drainage holes at the bottom so the water can drain out. If it does not have holes, you can drill some yourself.
You will need to buy a deep container with a large diameter. Clematises have a large root system, so they need plenty of room to grow. If you use a too-small container, you will not get as many flowers, and the plant might get diseases.
A container that is 70 centimeters deep and has a diameter of either 40 centimeters at the base or 50 centimeters at the top is an appropriate size for this Clematis. If you want, you can use a larger container size.
Clematises prefer their heads in the sun and their roots in the shade. It helps them grow better. Stones or pebbles on the compost can protect the roots from scorching. You can also cast a shadow on clematises' roots with another container with a plant with shorter stems in front of it.
WHAT TYPE OF COMPOST TO USE
To ensure your container-grown clematises do well, you'll need to give them a rich compost. I recommend using a 50/50 mix of multipurpose compost and compost with John Innes No 3. It will give your plants the best growing conditions, and you won't have to spend too much on expensive compost. The mix is also easier to water and will drain better than just using one type of compost.
WHEN TO PLANT CLEMATIS AND HOW?
The best time to transplant a clematis is in the early spring, especially if you live in a cooler climate. You can transplant them in the autumn if you live in milder weather. Plant the Clematis crown 10 cm below the compost's surface. It will help prevent them from getting clematis wilt, and they will eventually form roots from this crown and become a stronger plant.
Gardeners prune clematises in their first year or two to help them establish. It may take a few years for them to blossom, but that entirely depends on how old the plant is.
Young plants need to be fed every six weeks. Established plants need a granular fertilizer in early spring. Make sure to water the Clematis well during the growing season because if it is not watered enough, it will not grow well.
From the time it begins to grow until the flowers start to appear, you can provide your Clematis with nutrition in the form of a liquid fertilizer such as estrogen. After this, you should refrain from feeding it again until the flowering stage is over. Stop providing nutrients in August, as doing so will result in stunted growth that subsequent frosts will eradicate.
Frost kills certain clematises. So, don't assume the plant is dead if you see no new growth in early spring. If you are patient, new green shoots will eventually appear.
There are different rules for pruning clematises, depending on what pruning group the plant belongs to. It cannot be very clear for gardeners because they may not know what species of Clematis they have. Sometimes sellers mislabel the variety of Clematis for sale, making it even more complicated. Hybrids made from different plants of different pruning groups can make things even more confusing.
The rule is that clematises that bloom before June should be pruned after it has finished flowering. Clematises that grow on last year's growth are given a severe pruning in the spring before the start of the new growing season.
To prune it correctly, you must know when your Clematis blooms on new or old wood. If the Clematis grows on new wood and flowers after June, cut it back to 10 cm above ground early in the spring. If it flowers on old wood, lightly prune it after it has bloomed to keep the plant tidy and under control. Pruning to a leaf node will also promote new growth, which will help prevent diseases from entering through the cuts you make.
This page discusses clematis container gardening. You can see that it is not difficult to do as long as you use the right size pot, fill it with the right growing media and water, and fertilize it correctly. If you follow these measures, your clematises will last for years.