Planting Guide


About Your Package: We encourage you to recycle or reuse any packaging you can. Plants should be planted out upon arrival. They may be held briefly in a cool, shady location. Plant tags will be taped to the bags. Remove them before discarding the bags and keep them with each plant.  Also, please contact us at once if the shipment is damaged. Here's a quick look at unpacking:


About Your Plants: In order to provide the healthiest plants to you, we need to maintain the best conditions for plants growing in containers. This means cold winters for proper dormancy and regular trimming in warmer months. They will be hard trimmed and removed from their pots for shipping. This will also aid their transition into your garden. Please be ready to plant when your order arrives.

 Some plants will naturally produce more stems than others as younger plants and at maturity. We guarantee your plants will arrive healthy and are true to name. See Our Plants for more details.

Planting in Your Garden:
 Once you have selected a location, dig a hole at least twice as big as the pot and twice as deep. Where depth is an issue, roots may be teased out
from the bottom for shallower holes. In areas with poor drainage, consider a larger hole or mounding up from the ground a bit. Mix some of the soil from the hole with good topsoil and compost if you wish. The exact proportions will vary by your soil conditions. Backfill some of the hole with this mix. 
Place each vine on the backfill in its hole and look at the soil line of the plant and the ground. Pruning type 2 clematis (find this on the plants' pages if you don't know) should be slightly lower than the ground level. This keeps the roots moister and provides buds below ground if the vine should suffer a disease or infestation and you need to cut it back. Every Clematis we grow has buds below the soil line, but you may plant those a little deeper for extra protection. Other clematis and vines should be planted at the same depth as the soil line in the pot. Fill the rest of the hole (and over the top of the old soil line for Clematis) with the mix you made earlier. Don't cart the extra away until after you water the planting area thoroughly. The soil may settle. After all filling and watering are done, you should mulch your vines carefully. This can be done with composted pine bark or other mulches, but you can also use small plants at the base of the vine. If you are growing through another plant, the shade of the host plant may be enough. Remember that Clematis like moist roots! When you are done, the tops of the stems should be showing above the mulch by at least a little bit.

Most vines will establish very quickly and flower within a year of planting. Others take a little longer, but they're worth the wait! The most important thing to remember is after-care. Nurture your plant while it establishes and it will reward you with faster growth and blooms! This means watering them regularly while they establish. The actual amount will depend on your climate and soil conditions but could be as often as daily depending on your wind, humidity, temperature and soil conditions.