Clematis armandii

How much to water

Clematis armandii is a robust and vigorous climbing plant. The watering it requires must be frequent and regular and depend on the age of the specimen and the season. During the warm spring and summer seasons it needs abundant irrigation that can vary from two or three times a week up to a daily watering: in particular, when in April it begins to bloom, this plant needs a greater supply of water. Its stems and also the flowers are receptive to humidity and for this reason it is advisable to spray water on the entire above ground portion to guarantee a constant level of humidity, an operation that guarantees a longer lasting flowering over time. During autumn and winter, when temperatures are colder,

How to grow it

Cultivating Clematis armandii is not a difficult operation as long as you respect some simple rules. Propagation occurs by cuttings or by divisions of the tufts, which must always be carried out with the aid of carefully sterilized gardening scissors to avoid causing wounds exposed to the attack of numerous parasites; the cuts must always be oblique to favor the correct drainage of the water. During the period between April and May it is possible to proceed by taking the cuttings or tufts that you want to repot from an adult plant; these portions of the plant must be placed in a pot whose size is proportional to the size of the cut stems or to the root system separated from the original plant. The soil for repotting must be composed of a soft mixture enriched with materials of thick granulometry arranged mainly on the bottom of the pot. New seedlings must be strictly placed outdoors.

How and when to fertilize

Clematis armandii is a plant that does not particularly need fertilizing products but it is possible to administer them during the flowering period if you want to obtain an aesthetic result equal to that of plants that propagate in nature. Larger flowers with intense colors can be obtained by mixing liquid or granular fertilizer. The liquid fertilizer must be added to the irrigation water and abundantly diluted: it can be administered once every two or three weeks and in lower quantities than those indicated on the product label. To provide a valid support to Clematis armandii during the cold season it is possible to place a slow-release granular fertilizer on the soil surface,

Clematis armandii: Exposure and disease

Clematis armandii is subject to attack by various parasites, including aphids and earwigs. Aphids attack the youngest and most tender parts of the plant but can also be eradicated manually using a cotton swab; the earwigs usually prove useful to eliminate the eggs of other parasites but if they arrive to infest the plant they must be fought through the use of specific pesticides. Clematis armandii can also be attacked by snails which, like aphids, infest the more tender green parts such as spring tops: snails leave a characteristic trail of drool that signals their presence. They can be fought through the use of insecticides. Clematis can also develop fungal diseases such as dryness or white sore: the first manifests itself with the early wilting of the new shoots while the second produces whitish mold usually at the level of the back of the leaves. In addition to using specific products, it is necessary to cut the diseased parts.

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