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How To Grow Clematis With Big Beautiful Blooms

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If you want to learn how to prune and grow Clematis to produce big, beautiful flowers all summer long, this guide has all of the information you need.

How To Grow Clematis With Big Beautiful Blooms | If you are looking for ideas on how to prune, grow and care for Clematis to get those big purple, blue and pink blooms in your garden, this guide will definitely help! It even includes a list of the best varieties to grow.
How To Grow Clematis

I have come to the realization that I am a little obsessed with Clematis.

I didn’t actually know how obsessed until I started taking pictures for this post. There are 25 different varieties of Clematis growing in my garden at the moment! And I’m not ruling out getting some more :)

However, I think I’m justified.  All you have to do is look at those beautiful blooms to know why I have so many of them.

How To Grow Clematis With Big Beautiful Blooms | If you are looking for ideas on how to prune, grow and care for Clematis to get those big purple, blue and pink blooms in your garden, this guide will definitely help! It even includes a list of the best varieties to grow.
How and Where to Grow Clematis

But that’s not the only reason.  Clematis is a very versatile and easy to grow vine.  It comes in many colors, sizes and bloom times.  There are varieties with large flowers, small flowers, single or double petals, bell-shaped or tubular blooms.  Some varieties will only grow to be 2 – 3 feet tall, while others can cover the side of a garage.

And in almost all cases, the clematis vines are not invasive, so you can grow them through other bushes without worrying about killing the plants (I do have experience with a couple of exceptions which I will tell you about later).

It has so many redeeming qualities that I think should be a part of everyone’s garden (which is why clematis is on my all-time favorite perennials list).

So that’s the “why” to grow Clematis…click Next to find out the where and how to grow Clematis.

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  1. Sharon
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    What is the length of time for the blooms?

    • Wanda
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      Hi Sharon…the bloom time varies quite a bit depending on the variety, but most of them bloom for 3 to 4 weeks. I also find a lot of them last longer when it’s not too hot, so some of it will depend on where you live.

  2. sherry napier
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    Where can I order the Bell of woking clematis. I got one and now know one has them, I just love the flowers.

    • Wanda
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      Hi Sherry…I got mine from Wayside Gardens but you’re right, it doesn’t look like they are carrying them this year. I found a couple online at brushwoodnursery.com and Walmart (of all places!)…so hopefully that helps!

    • Joy
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      Joy Creek Nursery has Belle of Woking and just about any other clematis! Their website is joycreek.com and they sell mail order. If you’re ever in Oregon, their display gardens are definitely worth a visit!

      • Wanda
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        Thanks for letting us know, Joy! I’m going to check out their website :)

  3. Brenda Harrington
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    I also live in South Carolina, Summerville to be exact, the clematis I have is group 2, I think, it blooms on old wood but very sparse, and then I get new branches coming up too, I’m so confused, a neighbor down the street told me not to prune at all, I have mulch around the roots to keep it cool, and the top is in some light morning sun and late evening sun but it looks so pathetic, I’m from Alaska where we can’t grow them at all because of the short summers, it has new sprouts popping out just about year round, and then we get cold again and they die off, but as soon as we have unusual warm Temps they sprout leaves but no flowers, help please if you can I’m confused.

    • Wanda
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      Hi Brenda…In my area (Greenville), I find Clematis blooms really well in the spring and the fall (and often the same plant will bloom twice). But most of them look really pathetic in the summer…I think it’s just too hot. Since yours is blooming on old wood, youor neighbor’s suggestion of not pruning it could also help (to be honest, I rarely prune any of my Clematis unless they are growing somewhere I don’t want them). You can also try sprinkling compost, organic rose fertilizer, bone meal or alfalfa pellets (ie. rabbit or deer food) around the bottom of it. General fertilizers (like Miracle Gro or Osmocote) have too much Nitrogen, which produces a lot of leaves but not flowers so I wouldn’t use those. Clematis are so beautiful when they are blooming…I hope this works!

  4. Julie
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    Hi I have a beautiful clematis which I bought already flowered but the flower leaves are falling off what can I do thankyou.

    • Wanda
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      Hi Julie…I suspect it’s either too hot, too dry or needs some Clematis fertilizer.

      Clematis like to have cool roots, so if you think it is too hot, you can try spreading some mulch around the bottom of the plant or planting a low growing perennial in front of it to keep the sun off. The mulch will also help to keep the soil from drying out too fast.

      Having said that, I live in an area where the summers are really hot and humid…most of my Clematis look like they are having a hard time in the summer, but they always bounce back once it starts to cool down in the fall.

      Those big, beautiful Clematis blooms do require a lot of nutrients from the soil. You can try using a Clematis fertilizer (should not be too high in Nitrogen). Or if you want to go the organic route, sprinkle alfalfa pellets around the base of the plant and water them until they turn mushy.

      If you are still having problems, you can also cut it back, pretty close to the ground and let it re-grow.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Michelle
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    Maybe try grass clippings around the bases of the plants. I have two of my plants in a garden bed around an old stump. One is in direct sun, the other in part sun, and they both seem to do equally well. I actually have never pruned my plants, unless cutting off a newly rooted vine. Love your pictures and advice!

    • Wanda
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      Thanks, Michelle! I have to admit, I don’t usually get around to pruning mine either and they seem to do fine :) But I think I do get more blooms when I actually do prune them properly.

  6. Deb
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    I would like to know if you can take a cutting from a vine, put in water to start roots, then plant it?

    • Wanda
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      Hi Deb…I have not tried growing Clematis from a cutting, but I found this article that says you can, and has the instructions on how to do it. Good luck with it!

      • Deb
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        Thank you Wanda. I will be giving this a try. Can’t wait!

  7. Karen
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    I’m Assuming deer eat this like candy? These are beautiful but I already spend too much on deer repellant. (Central Texas)

    • Wanda
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      Hi Karen…according to the Rutgers University Deer Resistance list, Clematis falls into the “Occasionally Severely Damaged” category. So not the absolute worst (which would be the Frequently Severely Damaged category), but not great either. So I think you’re right…if you have a deer problem, there are probably better options…

  8. Jacqueline D Townsend
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    I’m in Essex UK not to far from London, I find I’m not getting large blooms & some clematis disappeared completely :o(

    • Wanda
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      Hi Jacqueline…I’m sorry to hear you are having problems with your Clematis. Most of the time when I have issues with them, it’s because they are either getting too much or not enough water. But they usually are pretty hard to kill (the ones that have disappeared may surprise you and re-grow later.) If you haven’t tried fertilizing them, that could be another option that would help the size of the blooms (use a fertilizer that is lower in Nitrogen so you don’t just get more leaves). You can also take a look at the Royal Horticultural Society website…they have some suggestions on other Clematis problems you might have. Good luck with them!

  9. Thelma Dale
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    I’m having problems with the leaves turning yellow all of a sudden. Never did before and I’m not doing anything different. Any thoughts on what the problem could be and how to correct it? Thanks for any help you can give me.

    • Wanda
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      Hi Thelma…it’s possible that there is an iron or magnesium deficiency in the soil. You can try sprinkling some iron chelate around the plant for the first issue. For magnesium, mix 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts with a gallon of water, and water the plant with it once a week for about a month. Also, if it has been hotter than usual, it could just be the heat…the plant should recover on its own once it cools down. Hope this helps!

  10. Thelma Dale
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    Thanks Wanda for replying. I live in Oregon and we haven’t had real hot weather so far this year. My three plants started turning yellow as soon as they leaves out. As I said, in the past I didn’t have this problem. It just started in the last three to four years. I’ve been told to shade the roots more, which I did to no avail. I’ve made sure they were getting enough water. All the leaves doesn’t turn yellow, just enough to let me know something isn’t quite what it should be. Again thanks for your help. Will try the Epson Salts and the Iron remedy and see if that helps.

  11. Iryna
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    Thank you for that exelent and full information. I found out all answers to my questions reading your article. Thank you.

    • Wanda
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      Thanks Iryna…I am happy you found it useful :)

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