Gardening

Clematis armandii: early and fragrant


Clematis armandii is a beautiful climber with evergreen foliage and early flowering and fragrant.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Clematis armandii
Family : Ranunculaceae
Type : Climbing

Height
: 2 to 5 m
Exposure : Sunny, partial shade
Ground : Deep and fresh

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : Spring

  • Read our advice on clematis

It is ideal for old walls, trellises but also for pot culture of clematis.

Planting clematis armandii

Planting of clematis armandii takes place rather at spring but can also be done in the fall if winter is mild in your area.

The rule of thumb with clematis armandii is that the foot is in the shade and the head in the sun. If the foot is exposed to direct sunlight, cover it with, for example, a tile or a few stones.

  • Distance the foot from its support approximately 20 to 30 cm.
  • Make a hole about 40 cm in diameter.
  • Tilt the foot towards the wall or the support on which it will climb.
  • Fill the gap with a mixture of potting soil, heather soil and garden soil and, if the soil is heavy, 1/3 river sand.
  • Fertilization from planting with a little compost or dehydrated manure allows a better recovery.

Multiplication of clematis armandii:

Clematis multiplies quite easily.

  • Layering and cuttings are easy to achieve with clematis.

Clematis armandii in pot

If you have a patio or balcony and want to grow your clematis armandii in pot, It's entirely possible.

For this, the choice of pot and substrate will be important.

  • A good potting soil for flowering plants is needed mixed with heather soil.
  • The pot must be drilled at the bottom and of sufficient diameter (at least 40 cm the first year)
  • Repotting every 2 to 3 years is then necessary so that your potted clematis armandii can continue to grow and flower.

Since container culture is more demanding in terms of watering, the solution is to mulch the foot of the clematis with a good layer so that it keeps its feet cool and its head in the sun.

Caring for clematis armandii

Once in place, Clematis armandii requires little maintenance.

As Clematis armandii blooms fairly early in the year, pruning can be done as soon as flowering is over. The pruning densifies the foliage and promote the next flowering.

The more you prune the clematis, the more it flowers.

  • It is carried out in March or April, depending on flowering.
  • Cut back the stems having flowered about 50 cm.
  • Cut dead wood and the most fragile stems flush.

Watering clematis armandii

Watering is recommended for the first 2 years, but no fertilizer input is necessary; which makes it an easy to care plant.

  • In pots we must water regularly, especially in summer.
  • Keep the soil slightly moist.
  • Always cover the base with an object such as a tile or a stone in order to keep it cool.

Clematis armandii in pots:

The needs of potted plants are greater in pots because they dry out more quickly when the weather is nice.

  • Water as soon as the soil is dry on the surface, especially in summer.
  • Mulch with a good layer of mulch or clay balls to maintain moisture and freshness in the soil.

To know about the clematis armandii

The clematis armandii offers a superb evergreen foliage, both thick and shiny. Her early flowering starts at the end of winter and makes us discover pretty white flowers, with a vanilla scent and very decorative

The clematis armandii is native to China.

The hardiness of Clematis armandii is not its best asset. Also, it will not resist temperatures below -10 ° and should therefore be cultivated with care in places which present a rather cold winter.

This is where the winter is mildest that it will flower the earliest in the season, sometimes as early as the end of February, and that its flowering will be the most brilliant.


Photo © Jolanta Mayerberg, Alison Bowden

Video: Clematis Armandii (October 2020).