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By Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds

With greater than 800 Clematis species and cultivated forms from which to decide on, gardeners and growers were inundated with concepts. much more difficult for a few has been the absence of a unmarried accomplished reference with which to spot the various cultivars. This new quantity, written through unusual clematis specialists and sponsored by means of the authority of the British Clematis Society, is the 1st photo encyclopedia at the genus to surround the garden-worthy species and hybrids.

This long-awaited e-book is separated into sections: the 1st is dedicated to the care and cultivation of clematis, whereas the second one offers an A — Z listing of greater than 550 vegetation, from the acclaimed large-flowered types to the less-familiar shrubby, subshrubby, and herbaceous varieties which are starting to be on hand. utilizing daily language, the authors supply plant descriptions that come with details on synonyms, foundation, plant behavior and peak, plant life, pruning workforce, flowering interval, cultural specifications, instructed makes use of within the backyard, and hardiness zones. The textual content is followed by means of greater than 650 outstanding colour pictures, making this encyclopedia an vital reference and advisor.

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This rule means that all winter- and spring-flowering Clematis species and their cultivars need little or no pruning, including C. alpina, C. armandii, C. cirrhosa, C. forsteri, C. macropetala, C. napaulensis, and C. paniculata. If, however, the plants have outgrown their allocated space or become overgrown and untidy, a certain amount of cutting back and tidying up may be undertaken after the flowering period has ended. Ideally, pruning to maintain a plant’s handsome framework should be done annually.

Scoop enough compost from the centre of the container to accommodate the plant’s root ball. After immersing the plant in a bucket of water for about fifteen minutes, ease it out of its pot and place the root ball in the planting hole. Fill the area around the root ball with compost and gently firm the compost. ) space below the rim of the container to facilitate easy watering. Insert a slow-release fertilizer plug into the compost, following the recommendations given for its application, and water the plant gently but thoroughly.

As plant growth becomes vigorous with rising air and soil temperatures, feed the plants at least once a week with a general-purpose liquid fertilizer. Foliar feed benefits the leaves, while a high-potash tomato feed, used in place of the general-purpose liquid feed, around midspring to late spring encourages flowering. As soon as the flower buds are ready to open, stop feeding so as to prevent all the buds from opening in quick succession, thereby shortening the flowering period. Recommence feeding as soon as flowering is completed to invigorate the plants and encourage another flush of flowers, particularly in the repeat-flowering cultivars.

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