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Below you will find the most common questions that we are asked about Clematis. Just click on the question to expand to see the answer (click again to collapse). Should you not find the answer you were looking for, then please feel free to send an email to us.

Are Clematis frost tender?

No, most are not frost tender. There are some, like the montanas, that do not like the cold. Though the majority of Clematis can handle several degrees below zero, so if it's not cold enough outside, you can always put them in the freezer.

Can I plant my Clematis with another plant?

Clematis are excellent companion plants when matched with a suitable base plant to climb on. Roses, bushes, and rhododendrons are all good choices. The rule of thumb is to select a plant that can handle the same feeding needs of the Clematis. Clematis like a forest type bottom with leafy compost and will flower best with rich nutrients. Palms and such are not suitable as they would not cope well with the feeding needs of the Clematis.

What do the zones on the map mean?

Each Clematis has a range of zones that they perform best in. You can find the zone you live in using our zone map, which is based on temperature ranges and soil types. Check your zone against the Clematis you are interested in, to see if it is a match.

What type of fertiizer should I use?

Clematis like anything natural, so dead leaves and animal droppings are excellent choices. You can also boost with a feed of nitrophoska.

It is best to give a slow release fertilizer to see them through the winter months. However, if there are buds, wait for them to swell before giving a feed. Feeding too early at this stage can cause a premature bloom before the season starts, leaving your plant vulnerable to cold snaps.

When should I prune my Clematis?

We have grouped the Clematis into different pruning categories which is clearly marked as a letter (xA/B/C) in the catalogue. Find the pruning group and then follow the instructions provided in the pruning guide.

My plant's leaves have gone brown. What does this mean?

If the base leaves are brown, then it may be due to a lack of nutrients. Give a good feed and you should see a recovery. Do keep in mind that Clematis are decidious, so heading into winter, dormancy will also appear as brown leaves for the whole plant.

My plant looks dead. What do I do?

Your plant may be dehydrated or suffering from Clematis wilt. They are excellent survivors so firstly don't give up. Cut back the stems until green stem is exposed, then give a good feed and wait. Dehydrated plants can "sulk" for 1-2 years before making a full recovery. Clematis wilt only attacks to soil level, so the stems below ground still can recover. This is why planting deep is essential. A good foundation makes for a resilient and long-lasting delight.

Why are hard pots not the best when buying Clematis?

It is easy to damage the Clematis stems when transplanting from a hard pot. Any break in the stem creates an entry point for bacteria and disease to set in and weaken or even kill your plant. That is why soft plastic bags are best, as they can be buried with the plant instead. However, fully matured plants in large pots can be kept in the pot, but this depends on the type you are buying.

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