Gardening

Clematis alpina: blue in abundance


The alpina clematis offers a beautiful purple blue bloom.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Clematis Alpina
Family : Ranunculaceae
Type : Climbing

Height
: 3 m
Exposure : Sunny, partial shade
Ground : Deep and fresh

Foliage
: Obsolete
Flowering : April to May

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Both easy and early, you will enjoy its abundant flowers from the spring.

Planting clematis alpina

You will plant your alpina clematis preferably theautumn for good rooting before winter and therefore good recovery in spring.

But, bought in a bucket, you can plant your clematis alpina in spring, outside of frost periods.

  • Clematis alpina tolerates partial shade well and fears scorching sun

The ideal, and even essential, is that the foot remains in the shade. Planting other flowers around the stalk will keep it cool.
If the foot is exposed to direct sunlight, cover it with, for example, a tile or a few stones.

  • Distance the foot from its support approximately 20 to 30 cm
  • Tilt the foot towards the wall or the support on which it will climb
  • Fertilization from planting with a little compost or dehydrated manure allows better recovery
  • Layering and cuttings are easy to make with clematis.

Clematis alpina in pots:

The Clematite Alpina is quite fait suitable for container culture thanks to their low growth.

  • A good potting soil for flowering plants is necessary
  • The pot must be drilled at the bottom and of sufficient diameter
  • Repotting every 2 to 3 years will be necessary so that your potted clematis can continue to grow and flower

Pruning and caring for clematis alpina

The size is not necessary on the alpina clematis.

However, you can prune to limit growth or reshape your clematis alpina.

  • It is carried out after flowering, generally in May.

Good to know about alpina clematis

Native to the Alps, this climbing plant is characterized by a abundant and generous blue bloom.

Very hardy, alpina clematis are resistant to spring frosts and are suitable for most climates because even if the antlers freeze, they often go back to the base without any problem.

Clematis legitimately find their nickname of Queen of lianas.

Watering clematis alpina

Watering is recommended for the first 2 years, but no fertilizer input is necessary; which makes it an easy to care plant.

  • In pots, the clematis alpina should be watered regularly, especially in summer
  • Keep the soil slightly moist
  • Always cover the foot with an object such as a tile or a stone in order to keep it cool

Smart tip

You can training the alpina clematis in order to keep a good orientation throughout its growth!

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Video: Pruning Clematis Montana (October 2020).