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Planting Instructions for Clematis (herbaceous):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained Moisture:  Average to slightly moist
Planting Depth:  Top of the crown about 2" below the soil Spacing:  24 - 36"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Clematis likes to be somewhat dry when dormant, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and air it out then close the bag again. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant in any average to rich, well-draining soil in full sun to part shade, though some shade from the heat of the day can be beneficial.

Moisture:  Clematis is fairly drought tolerant but prefers some regular moisture, allowing it to dry out a little between watering.

Spacing: Give the plants about 24 to 36" of space, some will ramble or may need some support.

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 2” below the soil and mulch lightly to keep them cool and moist.

General Instructions:  Enrich soil with compost or peat humus. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the garden if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in lightly. They won't need much moisture until they have sprouted and them water as needed when the soil dries out.

The shrub and herbaceous clematis are easy to grow in just about any good, well-drained garden soil in full sun to part shade. They will bloom better and grow more vigorously in rich soil although it isn't completely necessary. Clematis integrifolia and Clematis recta can be trimmed back to the ground in late fall or early spring. Clematis heracleifolia and Clematis x jouiniana can be trimmed back to about knee high in very early spring while still dormant to encourage more compact growth in the new season. Deadheading can sometimes encourage rebloom but because of their late flowering time this may only occur in the warmest regions.

Landscape Uses:  Plant shrub clematis with just about any sturdy, upright growing perennial and shrub that might act as a natural trellis to hold up the sprawling growth. They can also be planted against an informal fence or be allowed to trail and cascade over a rock wall or ledge. Plant them with late summer blooming perennials such as veronicastrum, sedum, tall garden phlox, cimicifuga, heliopsis, asters, or ornamental grasses.

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