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What you need:
  • 2x4x36" medium gauge welded wire fencing
  • Twist ties
  • Mulch
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Pruning shears
Attach a length of metal fencing or a trellis to the wall on which you intend to train the clematis. The fencing should be an inch or so away from the wall to give the plant room to breath.
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Prepare the soil by digging to a depth of about a foot and break up any large clods of dirt. Clematis prefer well draining soil, so mix a two cubic feet of commercial potting soil or leaf mold into the planting hole.
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Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball of the plant, and scarify the sides and bottom with a garden fork. This makes it easier for the roots to penetrate the surrounding soil.
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Water the plant thoroughly and remove it from its pot. Lay a piece of dowel over the hole to gauge the planting depth. Plant the clematis 3-5" deeper than it was growing in the container. Backfill and firm the soil.
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Tie the individual shoots to the wire backing. If they are too small to reach, use green planting stakes to guide them in the right direction.
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Prune any damaged or unhealthy shoots from the plant.
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Apply a deep layer of mulch to shade the roots and prevent the plant from drying out. (Keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk of the plant.)Clematis thrive when their roots are shaded. You may want to underplant with annuals or groundcover perennials.