Preparing the site for Clematis Filigree
Later season varieties like Cleamtis Filigree will grow in all soil types but they do best in deep and fertile ground that is well drained. Your new Clematis should be around to give many years of flowering pleasure and so it is worth spending a little time to prepare the soil. Add plenty of well-rotted leaf mould or manure, especially if your soil is heavy (add some grit as well) or light (it will help retain moisture by putting some ‘body’ into the soil). Whatever you choose to add, it should be thoroughly mixed in with the surrounding topsoil.
Clematis Filigree in a new and novel type of Clematis growing to just 60cm in a mound shape, just the thing for containers, front of border or even in hanging baskets!
Planting Late Season Clematis Filigree
Our young Clematis plants are strongly rooted small plants in 7cm pots. After receipt they should be unpacked immediately, if you cannot plant them straight away, they can be stood somewhere sheltered until you are ready, keeping an eye on watering. At planting time, you may like to add a sparing amount of bone meal or general slow release fertiliser (well mixed) to the planting hole. Remove the pot and add some rootgrow, planting so that the crown of the plant is a few centimetres below soil level to encourage new shoots from the base, then backfill with the well prepared soil, firming it gently and watering well after and for the first season until well established.
Left to their own devices, young late season Clematis plants will often produce just one or two stems with flowers at the tips. For best results and the most flowers in years to come, pinch out the tips of the young plants early on to make them bushy as they grow. Aim to get at least 3 or 4 main shoots from close to the base and train them, spaced evenly onto your supports.
Pruning Clematis Filigree
Clematis Filigree is in group 3 for aftercare and pruning, these late season Clematis flower on stems produced during the current season. Pruning these lovely plants is blissfully simple – in early spring before growth commences simply cut all the stems back to the lowest pair of buds, usually at around 15cm above the ground with compact types.
If left unpruned, Late flowering Clematis will simply resume new growth each spring where it stopped the previous season resulting in an ungainly plant that is very bare at the base, with the flowers high up and out of sight.