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Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:49

HCT - I planted my Alionushka up a trellis so I could see the lovely nodding flowers.  I don't think even Yorkshire gets as cold as I do in an exposed part of central Belgium. so you should be safe especially if it's deeply planted.

If you haven't got a support for yours you could make a teepee/wigwam from tall canes or hazel sticks and tie the stems in as it grows.

Clematis integrifolia Alionushka - a good sprawler?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:51

My Alionushka died as it finds my winters too cold but Arabella does excellent sprawling.

I wouldn't recommend moving a clematis once planted.  They need to be set at leat 4" deeper than they were in tehirpot and then put down deep roots.  They can take a season or two t get established and then they really get going.


Clematis newbie question

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:53

Whichever you decide on, you need to give them decent sized pots as clematis need a good deep root run and plenty of food.  There are special clematis fetilisers that will keep them healthy but you have to take care of all their watering and makes sure the pots don't freeze solid in winter.

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:50

Group 3 clematis do indeed put on all their growth in one season and are best cut back in early spring and then given a generous feed.  However, their dead growth can look really tatty once all the foliage dies back in autumn so, for a front door, it may be best to cut it back in autumn.

Group 2 clematis get pruned later in spring to remove any dead stems back to a pair of healthy buds.   They also need a good feed.  Once their first flush of flowers is over in late spring, early summer, they can be pruned to keep them in bounds and to remove some of the dead heads before they go to seed.   This will encourage a second flush of flowers later in summer.


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:44

Forest Flame has bright red new foliage in spring.  This then fades to yellow and eventually turns green as teh season progresses. 

It is an ericaceous plant which means it needs acid soil and soft water, preferably rain water.  If you have planted it in alkaline soil it will struggle.  If you've been watering it with hard tap water it will struggle as the alkalinity prevents it taking up certain nutrients from the soil and it will become anaemic.

If you do have it in neutral to acid soil and do not have hard water it will benefit from a good mulch of ericaceous compost for rhododendrons, azaleas and heathers.

If you soil is neutral to alkalin you need to transfer it to a pot filled with ericaceous compost and water it with an ericaceous feed which contains sequestered iron.  The food available in teh compost will be used up within 6 weeks to 3 months so you will have to make sure it gets extra food and all its water needs.    Never use hard tap water.

Here is some info from the RHS -


What to feed a newly planted Laurel Hedge

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 10:12

I don't think it needs a daily watering.  You'll just be drowning it and leaching nutrients out of the soil.  Only water once a week now, maybe more often if we get a long hot dry spell.

Rootgrow only works directly on the roots so putting it in the planting hole will only help if any roots do manage to come in direct contact with the product.  

I don't think laurel needs feeding to encourage it to grow a sthey are vigorous even in poor soils.   You could try a scattering of pelleted chicken manure along the hedge but I would wait till autumn and then give it a generous mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost which teh worms will work in for you over the winter.


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 10:06

Stop watering.  It's probably drowning.   What is it?   having a name will help us identify its needs and likely problems.

Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 09:13

I can't see that where you plant it is going to make a difference to its life expectacncy. 

It might be  a good idea to take fresh soil and plenty of garden compost from elsewhere in the garden to prepare the hole and make sure it's planted at the same level it was in the pot and doesn't sink afterwards as the soil settles as this can also lead to its feet getting too wet and root rot and a struggling plant.

Feeding clematis

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 09:08

In pots, once a week from new spring growth through flowering time.    In the ground, it depends on how well they've been planted and in what soil but, after a hard wet winter I'd give a few drinks from spring growth to the start of the flowering period if I think they need a boost.

Feeding clematis

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 00:27

Yes, they are greedy and need feeding to do well.

You can give them special clematis food available from good garden centres and nurseries.  In spring they appreciate a general purpose food such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.  You can also give them liquid tonics of rose or tomato food as they have a high potassium ratio which encourages flowering.

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