My clematis never does very well. (2 yrs old) It's on the West facing

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  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 24, 2018
    Clematis can take several years to reach maturity and that length of time depends on the age of the plant when it is planted. Above ground growth the first year is usually pathetic while most of the growth is taking place under ground. A good root system is critical for a vigorous vine. The second year will result in a larger vine, and the third year will be larger yet. Be sure to fertilize and water your clematis as they require lots of each. This will create a strong root system and a good foundation for years of beautiful blooms. Tomato fertilizer, rose food, 5-10-10, or even an Osmocote type fertilizer are good choices. Slow release fertilizers are preferred.
  • Carol Thomas Carol Thomas on Mar 24, 2018
    I have several clematis vines and they usually are an easy plant. One thing I swear by is their roots love shade and the vine loves sun. Heavy mulch works for the ones I have planted in the sun, my others are under trees.
  • Swm33001354 Swm33001354 on Mar 24, 2018
    Plant a shrub in front of it, to keep its toots cooler.
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 24, 2018
    Mulch the plants with compost, homemade if you have it, and then mulch with something like a cedar mulch. They like cool roots with lots of moisture. Do not let them dry out in the hot weather. Water the base, but not when the sun is beating down.
  • Leah Leah on Mar 24, 2018
    I have some light rocks angled over roots.
  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 24, 2018
  • Christel Christel on Mar 25, 2018
    Check your soil ph levels to ensure your clematis is getting the nutrients it needs to be HAPPY. :)
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