In order for clematis to pull out all the stops of its blossom beauty, the soil should meet its requirements exactly. Find out here what the soil in the garden should be like for vital growth.
This soil is the measure of all things for clematis
The soil accommodates the mighty roots of clematis for many years. From here, the climbing plant is mainly supplied with nutrients and water. The earth should be like this:
- Well-drained and fresh-moist
- Rich in nutrients and hummus
- Gladly with a little sand and slightly calcareous
- Ideally with a pH of 5.5 to 6.0
The clematis does not tolerate waterlogging at all. This applies in particular to the shallow-rooted species such as Clematis Alpina, Clematis Orientalis, and the popular Clematis Montana.
This is how you compensate for small imperfections in the floor
If the garden soil does not reach the desired conditions, that is by no means a reason not to plant a magnificent clematis. Minor imperfections can be corrected in just a few simple steps. How to do it right:
- Heavy loam and clay enriched with fine-grained sand and gravel
- Dry soil that is too sandy optimize with mature compost, leaf soil, peat, and bark humus
- Improve acidic soil with a pH below 5 with vital lime or rock flour
Where there is a risk of waterlogging at the site, drainage prevents the handicap. For this purpose, fill each planting hole with a 5-8 centimeter (2-3 inches) layer of gravel, grit, or crushed potsherds. Spread an air- and water-permeable fleece over it so that the drainage from the soil does not immediately clog again.
The best soil in the bucket
We recommend using high-quality potting soil so that the clematis can show off its full beauty in the tub. This substrate also receives a handful of expanded clay or sand for improved permeability.
The beautiful clematis species with the huge flowers are permanently endangered by clematis wilt. Knowledgeable hobby gardeners plant the clematis so deep that two pairs of buds are covered with soil.
Should the dreaded fungal infection strike, the affected climbing plant will sprout again from its dormant eyes in the ground next season.