There is an opinion that not everyone can grow clematis. In fact, there are far more myths associated with this vine than it deserves.
Let's try to dispel the most common myths and prove that anyone can grow clematis.
Myth 1. Growing clematis is very problematic
Many novice growers are disappointed that even after 2 years of cultivation can not achieve violent flowering. And everything is very simple. The biological peculiarity of clematis is such that, at least for the first 3 years, all their efforts are spent on building up the root system and the formation of numerous renewal buds at the base of the hive.
But this does not mean that you will not see flowers at all. With good care, the first buds appear in the rooted cutting next season by August-September. Experts advise not to let the seedlings bloom at this time in order to fix the plant.
Only patient growers are privileged to enjoy the blooming of clematis.
Myth 2. Clematis difficult to prepare for the winter, and they do not tolerate it
Clematis start to grow, when there is snow somewhere else. The blooming leaves withstand spring frosts up to -5-8 ° С without any harm for the plant. The most dangerous for clematis is stagnation of spring thawed snow at the base of the bush. In order to prevent this, in the fall it is necessary to pour peat or humus (about a bucket) under each plant, forming a small mound. And in the spring, when the earth is thawed, gently shove off the excess, freeing the base. These plants require a small artificial shelter only in the first 2-3 years. In the future, after the autumn pruning, it is sufficient to remove the rest of the ground part from the supports and lay them on top.
In preparing clematis for the winter, care must be taken to protect them from rodents. And this is especially true when using artificial shelters - plastic film, roofing material, where mice like to make nests. Therefore, every autumn I always lay out the poisoned bait under each bush.
Myth 3. It is better to acquire varieties that bloom on young shoots
Here, an analogy with the group of climbing roses, blooming only on last year's shoots, when in case of their death after winter, growers are forced to admire only the newly growing branches and regret the absence of flowering.
In clematis the situation is completely different. Even without saving last year's shoots, you will still enjoy summer blooming on young branches. The first buds begin to dissolve, sometimes at the end of May. And most of the varieties with double flowers belong to this group.
Clematis blooms equally well on both young shoots and last year’s
I would like to talk about such clematis separately. For some reason, almost no one pays the attention of buyers to the fact that almost all terry varieties conquer with their extraordinary flowers only in the first wave of flowering on overwintered shoots (June - early July). And then simple flowers bloom. And very often this summer bloom is much more abundant and brighter (Veronica Chois, Miss Chalmondeli, Louise Rav). Therefore, if you purchased a terry-type sapling, and it bloomed from you with single-row flowers, you should not rush to accusations of a “dishonest” seller. If the coloring coincides with the stated, have patience until the next season and try to keep the shoots until spring.
We hope, now you have got rid of prejudices to this flower. Clematis is quite affordable in growing plants, which, besides this, also bloom very beautifully.