If you like looking at pictures of beautiful gardens and flowers, then you’ve probably seen some wonderful photos of clematis vines. You know the ones…. where the mailbox or lamppost is COVERED in pink blooms!, or a trellis is covered with THREE different colors of blooms!, or a fence just overflowing with fantastic purple clematis blooms! How can YOU get such beautiful clematis blooms?
It is not as hard as you may think and there is a very simple technique for getting gorgeous blooms on your clematis: Every March you need to add some lime to their soil.
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Now, there is some other care that may need to be done, but to get the blooms? Just add lime every March. Seriously.
I have 2 purple clematis, 1 white, and 1 red (pinkish red). This past weekend I went outside with my little hand fork and my bag of lime and gave them their yearly dose.
Pull back any mulch, or in my case here, leaves, so that you are able to put the lime directly onto the soil.
Sprinkle lime onto the dirt all the way around the base of the vine.
Using a hand fork, (or rake, whatever you like to call it), scratch the soil lightly to move the lime down slightly below the surface. Do not dig down deep, so that you do not disturb the root of the plant, just lightly scratch the surface.
Place the mulch back as it was, and enjoy your future blooms!
All of these blooming pictures are of my clematis April & May 2017.
I have this white Henryi and the red (burgundy) one on the same trellis, but I will have to research the name of the red one. It escapes me right now.
Can you believe it is how simple it is to get beautiful clematis blooms? It takes all of five minutes to do and you will enjoy the benefits for weeks!
*This advice is for Southern Gardens. If you live in the north, I am sure it will work, but you would need to wait a month (or so) later.
Do you grow clematis?
For more detailed information about growing clematis, visit the Clematis Resource Center.
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