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How do I prune my clematis?
An often complicated series of techniques have developed over the years to deal with the specific pruning of a wide range of Clematis types. Raymond Evison Clematis have been specially bred and assessed to be "easy care" and can simply be pruned to within 30cm to 50cm of soil level in late winter/early spring. As a general rule the more compact varieties can be pruned near to 30cm and the taller growing to nearer 50cm of soil level.
The flowers on my clematis are near green and not like the photographic image.
The coloured sections of Clematis flowers (known as sepals) normally have a small amount of green pigment. This will become more prominent in cold conditions. Early spring flowering clematis are more susceptible to green flowers, which may also be aggravated by low light and/or wind chill factors.
How do I feed my Clematis?
Clematis grown in soil may be fed by application of a lightly dug-in mulch in spring but the more popular method is an occasional application of a liquid feed (e.g. proprietary tomato or rose feed) during the peak growing spring/early summer months. Care should be taken to ensure that the soil is moist before feeding and that the applications are reduced(or diluted) as the growth slows during summer months .
Can I keep my clematis indoors?
Yes. Clematis can be grown or kept indoors but require sufficient light to initiate flowering.
However if purchased in flower, (e.g. Boulevard [compact patio]) then plants can normally be displayed for at least 3-4 weeks. Garland cultivars are particularly suitable for indoor display and will normally hold flowers for a 6-8 week period. Key requirements are a good position with some light (e.g. near a window) and regular watering. Plants can be planted outside after flowering. The best planting times are late spring or Autumn.
What is Clematis Wilt?
Clematis wilt is a fungal disease(phoma clematadina) that attacks the base stem of a plant sometimes causing whole lengths of vine to collapse and die. It is, however, often misdiagnosed and may simply be accidental or animal damage to base of plants or other fungal diseases such as botrytis.