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Clematis, Diamond Ball PPAF

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Icy blue double flowers

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Icy blue double flowers with darker, slightly wavy edges and soft yellow centers sparkle in your garden, especially against a dark background. Large 4-5” blooms are produced on both old and new wood from June through August. Easy to grow vines require little pruning. Great climber for a trellis, border, or large container.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

4-9

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-84 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-36 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Rabbit

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Clematis may be grown from cuttings, planted in a container or planted into the ground.

Cuttings:

  • Choose a location in full sun or part shade, in average but well drained soil. Clematis roots should always be cool and uniformly moist. Annuals or perennials may be planted to shade the roots, or use an organic mulch. Avoid heavy clay soils.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Dig a hole deep and wide enough to accommodate the bare root.
  • Set the plant such that the crown is at or just slightly below the ground level. Allow roots to fan out from the crown at around a 45 degree angle. Roots should spread out separately, like stretched fingers, from the crown, and not bunch up. It may be helpful to build a cone-shaped mound of soil in the bottom of the hole and spread the roots around it. It is important to set the roots such that the crown is roughly level with the ground.
  • Cover the roots with soil and tamp down firmly to get rid of air pockets. Fill the soil to just below the crown, where the top growth and leaves will emerge. Make sure all the roots under the crown are in good contact with the soil.
  • Water well to fully saturate the roots and soil.
  • Wait until new growth starts to appear before applying a layer of mulch.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun or part shade, in average but well drained soil. Clematis roots should always be cool and uniformly moist. Annuals or perennials may be planted to shade the roots, or use an organic mulch. Avoid heavy clay soils.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • You can always check to see which class your variety belongs to for pruning instructions. In general, vigorous species and early-flowering hybrids do not require pruning, just remove tangled growth. Large-flowered hybrids blooming in early summer on the previous season’s growth can be pruned lightly in the dormant season for structure. Late-flowering hybrids which bloom on current season’s growth can be pruned back to a pair of buds in the dormant season.
  • Do not divide clematis. If you would like to propagate plants, you can take cuttings in early summer. Choose half-wood cuttings, just before they turn to brown wood. Use a rooting hormone, keep them in high humidity and out of direct light. They may take 1-2 months to grow roots.

Growing Tips

  • The seed pods of clematis are very attractive and may be used in flower arranging. The flowers are great for cutting.
  • Many varieties are vigorous vines and should be trained to climb a trellis, fence, arbor, wall, porch or lamppost.
  • They are also very effective planted to sprawl over and through large shrubs.
  • Clematis can be used for height and a good architectural framework for small gardens.
Zone
4-9
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
72-84 inches
Spread
24-36 inches
Bloom Season
Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Borders
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Clematis
Life Cycle
Perennial
Clematis, Diamond Ball PPAF is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Clematis Grew up my pole about 2inches Max and never had a bloom
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growing! I received and planted this in the fall. I'm a beginner and have found that squirrels and bunnies are a big issue in the backyard. I truly thought it didn't make it through the winter because it seemed to stay brown for so long but then came signs of life. Since that little bit of green it has grown dramatically over just a few weeks. I'm very happy with the plant and hopeful that the flowers don't appeal to the wildlife.
Date published: 2015-05-07
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