planting clematis

sheba1(z6md)July 30, 2009

i just bought 2 clematis bulbs. can I plant them at this time of year? I live in zone 6.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
funnelweb(NSW Aust)

Bulbs! I don't think they come in bulb form, I've only ever bought them as rooted plants, either bare rooted in winter dormancy or in tubestock or bigger pots. If they've got roots and a stem or two, plant them deep so that one or two sets of buds are just above ground. Also beneath them lay in a layer of blood and bone (bone meal) below an inch layer of soil. Others might like to elaborate further.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 4:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes, they are NOT bulbs :-)

The advisability of planting them out directly in the ground now will depend on how large they are. Small starts (those in a 5-4" pot or smaller) would benefit from being potted up into a larger container and grown on until spring before planting. 6" pots (gallons) or larger can be planted now but I'd be concerned about transplant shock and the need for very attentive watering at this time of the season......I might want to hold them until cooler weather later this fall.

I don't like using either blood or bone meal - the scent attracts critters and blood meal in particular can easily burn delicate roots - but I do enrich the soil well with compost and prepare a large, deep planting hole.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 10:09AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What size container would you recommend?
I have several clematis growing in the ground. However,...
Moms Clematis
Hey everyone! I normally post on the allium forum and...
Anyone growing Sweet summer love clematis
Can you please post your experience growing this clematis....
Clematis Question?
I am just giving my clematis (Guernsey Cream) a very...
relocating a clematis
my grandpa wants to get rid of a "weed" which...
Sponsored Products
Seletti | Estetico Quotidiano Watering Can
Red Carpet Studios Cyclones Spinner Multicolor - 31981
$18.99 | Hayneedle
Christopher Knight Home 6-foot Capensia Deluxe
FloVert Five-Pocket Trailing Flower Garden
$29.99 | zulily
Espresso Hampton Media Storage Pedestal
Cost Plus World Market
Garden Bridge Decoration
Fosters Point Planter With Palm Dracena Fern
Beyond Stores
Serena & Lily Braided Abaca Rug
Serena & Lily
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™