Evergreen Clematis

Evergreen Clematis

Belonging to the Ranunculaceae family, they are generally plants that lose their foliage during the winter season but there are some species of evergreen Clematis. The most widespread on the market and used for ornamental purposes is the genus Clematis armandii, they are plants with a climbing habit and fast growth. Flowering begins in spring and produces abundant white flowers. They are very resistant to both sub-zero temperatures and coastal climates, grown in favorable conditions they can reach and exceed five meters in height. They require a very sunny exposure, being careful to keep the collar of the plant in the shade. Among the varieties of this genus, they are characterized by small white inflorescences,

Evergreen Clematis

Climbing plants the evergreen Clematis with small, white flowers, composed of six oval-shaped petals. They almost entirely cover the foliage during the flowering period. This description is matched by the variety of Clematis Avalanche, used for ornamental purposes to cover vertical surfaces with evergreen foliage, of a pinnate and lanceolate shape of a bright green color. It requires regular irrigation and to grow well it must be sheltered from strong currents. There are not many varieties of evergreen Clematis among these the Clematis Advent Bells is noteworthy, it is characterized by white flowers mottled with reddish streaks. Four large petals make up this aesthetically very elegant prostrate flower, this Clematis does not bloom in spring but begins in autumn and continues until winter.

Clematis cultivation

The Clematis genus of plants is native to the northern hemisphere, they are plants that adapt well to harsh winter climates and many varieties are distinguished by the loss of all their leaves during the cold season. However, there are also evergreen species and they maintain the same cultural characteristics. In fact, these are climbing plants that live well both in the ground and in pots, it is advisable to use a fertile, well-drained soil to avoid the creation of harmful stagnations of water. Irrigation must be regular and abundant throughout the year, especially in summer. To obtain a luxuriant growth of the foliage and an abundant and copious flowering, it is useful to administer both in spring and in autumn a slow-release organic or mineral base fertilizer, diluted in water.

Multiplication of Clematis species

The most common methods to reproduce the evergreen Clematis are mainly two, sowing and cutting. The first hardly guarantees a good result of the whole operation while the multiplication by cutting is simpler and allows to recreate identical specimens of Clematis, compared to the donor mother plant. Based on the reference climatic context, the cuttings must be cut from March to June, and must be healthy and robust. The excess leaves must be eliminated, in fact, it is necessary to leave a maximum of a couple attached to the branch. Subsequently, the branches are immersed in containers filled with water. When the cuttings have rooted they can be planted in small pots with moist soil, consisting of peat and a portion of sand.

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