Caring for Multi Blue Clematis

By Danny Wong , last updated July 27, 2011

The Multi Blue Clematis is a perennial flower that is native to the Asian continent and requires delicate care to achieve a large colorful bloom. They come in various shapes and sizes, but all of them are known for having multiple large blue petals that overlap to create a double bloom effect. They are hardy plants that are available in both brush and vine varieties and can grow up to 8 feet or more in height. Their ideal growing season is early spring with a bloom in late spring or early summer. Here are some notes to keep in mind when caring for these beautiful flowers:

Picking the Ideal Location

Choose a spot to plant your multi blue clematis where they can get plenty of sunlight. The Multi Blue Clematis likes to take in at least 6 hours of sun each day. Pick a soil that is dry with a neutral pH. Dig a hole as deep as the roots and 2 times as wide. Their roots are deep so allow plenty of room for them to grow. If possible, cover the soil of the Clematis in shade because the roots prefer to be kept cool.

Water and Fertilizer

The Multi Blue Clematis requires regular watering, especially during hot and dry weather seasons. Water the roots with at least one inch of water each week. When the buds are 2 inches long, add in nitrogen fertilizer and continue doing so every 4 to 6 weeks. This will keep your Clematis growing healthily.

Pruning

It is also important to prune out any dead or damaged wood. Practicing proper pruning habits will keep the Multi Blue Clematis growing in the future. Maintain a regular habit of cutting vines back to the lowest set of healthy buds. Make sure the top growth does not exceed more than 24 inches until the roots have grown strong enough to support additional height.

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