Deep indigo-blue flowers in showy clustered heads make Clematis heracleifolia a special flowering feature.
It is an upright shrub clematis (not a climber).
So it is spectacular in flower beds, rose gardens and pots.
And it has a sweet, beguiling perfume.
Clematis heracleifolia makes a 1m. high clump of arching stems and is therefore lovely planted between roses or other tall flowers.
And it is easy to grow anywhere that you grow roses, because Clematis heracleifolia likes the same conditions, soil, water and feeding. Though it does not need any pruning, other than a cut back to the socks at the end of autumn. And it is not prone to pests and diseases, so no special treatment required.
So Roses and Clematis heracleifolia make excellent and very beautiful companions.
It is a frost hardy, low maintenance, easy growing, perennial clump. It is deciduous and contributes lovely butter yellow autumn foliage, and then sprouts away again in spring. Like roses it enjoys summer mulch.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow indoors at any time.
Sow the seed in punnets on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then just cover the seed with mix, sand or vermiculite to a depth same as the diameter of the seed.
For best germination keep the sown punnet moist in a well-lit place (not in direct sun).
Temperatures of approx. 18-22C. are ideal for optimum and rapid germination.
Seeds take approx. 30 days to germinate.
But if your seeds are shy to sprout and you have no germination after 30 days – then wrap the moist, sown punnet in cling-wrap and place it in the fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.This will mimic winter chilling and help to break the seed’s natural dormancy. The seeds will think they have had a good winter, and that now it is spring and time to grow.
After 4-6 weeks, bring the punnet out to the well-lit position, unwrap, moisten thoroughly by soaking in a water bath, and keep at approx. 18-22C. for seeds to sprout.
However do not discard punnet as it is natural that some seeds will be faster to germinate than others.
SEED COUNT: 20 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).