One of the most popular clematis and one of the earliest to flower. (May-June and again in September.) Best grown in shade so that the striped bars of the flowers do not fade. H3m. Prune back to first buds in early spring.
Plant deeply to avoid clematis wilt and if wilt occurs cut down to base and plant will shoot again the following season. Feed with bonemeal before and after flowering season, water copiously when in flower.
Methods of Propagating Clematis
Cuttings - Seed - Layering
Take stem cuttings 100to125mm(4"-5") long of half ripened wood in July ensure that there are two buds at the base. lnsert in a mixture of peat and sand (equal parts by volume) and place on a hot bed @15-18*C (60-65*F)
Flowering period - May to November.
Pot the rooted cuttings singly into 70mm (3") pots of John Innes No1 potting compost (or similar). Overwinter in a frost free frame or greenhouse.
In spring pot on into 125mm(5") pots, and plunge outdoors.
Plant out in final quarters from October onwards.
Layered plants take approx 12 months to root.
Seed can be sown around October in pots/trays and placed in a coldframe until germination (normally by the following Spring)
Pruning :- Prune those that flower in Summer and Autumn the following Feb / March and those that flower in Spring immediately after flowering.