Clematis Sugar Candy

Clematis Sugar Candy

Huge, 7” luscious pink with deeper pink stripe down the middle of each petal blooms are produced in lavish abundance during two big flushes, first in early summer and again in fall. Best grown where not exposed to direct sunlight. The first flush of flowers in the spring is on the previous year’s growth. After the first flush of flowering, cut back the top one-third to one-half of some stems. This encourages new growth for later bloom.

A member of pruning group 2. In early spring prune off dead or spindly wood, careful not to prune off old good wood or early flowers will be lost. Prune again right after first flush of blooms to encourage second bloom. Prune back some stems one-third to one-half by cutting to large buds or a strong side shoot immediately below the spent blooms.

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Clematis Growing Tips

Most clematis prefer full sun or light shade, although there are many that prefer more shade. Clematis need cool roots that are shaded. Plant a small shrub or large perennial directly in front of it to shade roots. A thick layer of mulch will also help to keep the soil moist. This vine prefers to be grown in moist, well-drained soil. Plant Clematis 3″ deeper than it was in the original pot. Bury the first set of entire leaves to encourage the production of strong shoots from below soil level and to discourage clematis wilt.