New Clematis from Germany, here is a beautiful deep plum purple colored compact clematis, it will be a nice addition to the collection of the popular Blue Climador , and light Pink Climador. Clematis Passion Plum boasts lots of large flowers on a very compact clematis vine, very suitable for the current trends of patio and small gardening. Show it off in a lovely accent container, but equally as nice up front in the garden!
Longevity is a plus, rich free-flowering from May to September is more than one could ask for, but bring it back every year, that is the bonus!
Flower diameter: large, 5 inches, 6 or more pointed tepals, sometimes semi-double
Flower color: tepals the shades of deep plum purple, then in the centre, a starbust of unique ombre light to dark purple anthers!
Blooming season: continual blooming May through September
Mature vine Size: H 5ft
Zone: 3-9, cold hardy
Inventor:Friedrich Westphal, Prisdorf, Germany read about; http://prideofplaceplants.com/?p=403
Care: Plant in sun to partial shade in fertile soil. Clematis should always be planted in a deeply dug, loosened soil with plenty of added humus and nutrients. Clematis are quite able to adapt to most soil conditions. Extremely heavy soils, like clay or limestone can have their drainage improved by adding peat,compost and sand or grit. Always be sure of good drainage. If your garden is acid, give a dressing of lime once a year.
The best time to plant clematis in the garden is between August-October, soil temperatures are good then and the roots can establish easier. The best time to plant clematis in a container is in spring.A container will heat up quicker and the optimal temperature at the roots will be achieved. The container should hold at least 20 litres of soil but the bigger the better! Growing medium should be of highest quality.
Water regularly during the half year of summer and when watering, keep the lower leaves of the plant dry! Always feed with an application of well balanced general fertilizer such as Osmocote, and begin in April when growth starts. Further applications could be used during the growing season.
Prune:group 2 blooming on new growth (basically reduce all stems by 1/2 after bloom season in Fall). Then, light pruning to the strong buds in April is recommended to promote branching. Support with a trellis of your liking. This clematis has repeat blooming, it is helpful to prune old flowers throughout the blooming season,after finished.
Grower/propagator: Roseville Farms, www.rosevillefarms.com