Round the Year Care of Clematis


Prepare clematis beds to be planted in early spring.

Dig holes in preparation for planting later.

Order tools, peat, manure, fertilisers, chemicals, etc.Water any plants liable to dry out.

Establish, or bring up to date, a plan showing location of the clematis.


Late winter

Divide or nibble clematis and replant (when conditions allow).

Water plants liable to dry out.

Check name labels.


Early spring

Plant if conditions allow.

Prune the clematis to the ground if there is no danger of frost damage to new shoots.

Weed beds.



Apply general fertiliser to the clematis.

Start watering programme.


Late spring

Apply mulch of manure or other suitable material to the clematis.

Layer stems kept unpruned for the purpose.

Continue watering programme.


Early summer

Apply second feeding of fertiliser.

Continue watering programme.



Cut clematis for the house.

Continue watering programme.


Late summer

Cut flowers for the house.

Continue watering programme.


Early Autumn

Gather clematis seed for spring sowing.

Prepare clematis beds if planting in autumn is desired.

Reduce watering when possible.

See: Howells, J. 1999. Trouble Free Clematis: The Viticellas. P.137.


For more clematis information by John Howells click the highlighted titles below.

John Howells' Work on Stem Rot (Clematis Wilt)

Howells' Gardeners' Classification of Clematis

Pruning the Twelve Groups of Clematis

Five Ways of Combining Roses and Clematis

Twelve Easy Combinations of Roses and Clematis

Exploding Myths About Clematis

Pronouncing Clematis

Clematis for North Facing Walls

A Brief History of Clematis


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