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Recently, gardeners are becoming more and more interested in the cultivation of clematis. This is an unusually beautiful, profusely blooming perennial liana.
The stems are woody, flexible, die off for the winter or hibernate under a warm shelter. Flowers with a diameter of six to ten centimeters and more always turn towards the sun.
Clematis grows best in fertile soil with low acidity. It is planted in the spring during the awakening of the buds and in the fall, from mid-August to mid-September. The place is chosen sunny, windless.
Plants are planted in holes sixty centimeters in diameter and seventy centimeters deep. At the bottom of the pit, crushed stone, pebbles, and coarse river sand are placed for drainage. The fertile soil taken out of the pit is mixed with two buckets of manure humus, two glasses of wood ash and three tablespoons of the organic fertilizer "Flower". The mixture is poured into a pit and watered well. Clematis is planted, deepening the root collar by 20 cm, then watered and temporarily covered with a covering material.
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Care consists in regular watering, loosening. A year after planting, the plants are fed up to three times per summer.
The first top dressing is carried out in the spring, with the growth of shoots: in ten liters of water, two tablespoons of urea and "Ideal" fertilizer are diluted, watered at five to six liters per plant.
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Before flowering, it's a good idea to sprinkle wood ash on the ground.
The second top dressing is done during the flowering period: for ten liters of water, take two tablespoons of liquid fertilizer "Rainbow" or "Flower", or nitrophosphate and one tablespoon of potassium humate, spend ten liters per plant.
The third feeding is carried out after flowering: in ten liters of water, two tablespoons of superphosphate and potassium sulphate are diluted, watered with five liters per plant.
For the winter, clematis are removed from the supports, shortened by three to five buds and covered with earth.
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