Clematis 'Apple Blossom'
clematis (group 1)
Feed regularly at monthly intervals during the growing season; if you are short of time use a slow-release fertiliser
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil, neutral soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: March to April
- Flower colour: pink
- Other features: evergreen
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
Delicious, almond-scented, whitish-pink, early spring flowers and mid-green leaves, emerging bronze-tinged. This vigorous, evergreen clematis is ideal for a sunny, west- or south-facing site. For maximum enjoyment of the sweetly scented flowers plant next to a house entrance or well worn path, allowing plenty of space for the plant to grow. Please be aware that this plant is toxic to dogs if eaten.
- Garden care: No routine pruning is necessary. If the spread of the plant needs to be restricted prune immediately after flowering, cutting back overlong shoots to healthy buds. Apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring.
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Q:I'm looking to grow this up canes from a trough on the railing of a west facing balcony to provide screening. Is it OK to use canes to grow it up, and what kind of soil will be best? Are there any other climbers that would be better?
Thanks!Asked on 8/8/2015 by JBH from London
These plants get pretty big, so are not ideally suited for pots. A better option then would be something more compact such as Lonicera 'Rhubarb and Custard' - please click on the link below to go straight to it. Even this howevr will need a really big trough filled with a good potting compost or John Innes No2.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lonicera-periclymenum-rhubarb-and-custard/classid.2000020958/Answered on 12/8/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:It have this plant which is about 2 - 3 years old and thriving but this year the new shoots appear to be 'shrivelling 'up. Looking at the underneath of the leaf and new stems there is a tiny bug (it Looks similar to green fly but it's not green in colour it's a light plum colour). Is there an insecticide that I could safely spray the plant with please? Or what would you suggest?
Many thanks.Asked on 6/6/2015 by Arakoola from Bedfordshire
I am not sure which aphid you have on your clematis, so it is hard to suggest which insecticide to use. If you want to send us an image of the plantand the aphids, then we can see if we can help you.Answered on 10/6/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi! I am looking for a climber to grow on an existing trellis on a north facing fence. It is therefore very shady, getting sun only at one point in the day. It is also a bit of a wind tunnel so would need something quite robust. There was a similar clematis growing close to this point until the fence needed repairing. We would prefer something evergreen and scented to cheer up this otherwise dull little spot. Is clematis 'apple blossom'suitable? One more ask. It has to live in a pot or planter. We can accommodate any size.
ThanksAsked on 12/4/2015 by bluenosegirl from Alton, Hampshire
This sounds like a tricky spot! The Clematis will not flourish in such shady conditions, however there are a couple of semi-evergreen honeysuckles that have well-scented flowers that may survive - please click on the link below to go straight to them.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lonicera/sort.0/vid.6/vid.67/vid.234/Answered on 22/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:This will be planted on the end wall of a bungalow in Shropshire. Will it be hardy enough.? If so how far from the wall and how big will the planting hole need to be It gets big so how large a trellis would it need please.thanksAsked on 19/2/2014 by hopper from whitchurch Shropshire
This evergreen clematis is classed as frost hardy, so yes it may need protection from frosts and cold weather unless your house is in a sheltered area, then it may be okay. When planting I would plant approx 45cm out from the wall, and prepare the area by adding lots of well-rotted compost or manure to the surrounding soil. Clematis love being planted deeply, so sink it about 6cm below the level of the soil in the old container, and as you plant lean it towards the wall and the supports.
This clematis can grow to 8m x 3m eventually given the right conditions, so that means a substantial support system, otherwise to restrict it's growth, cut back long shoots after flowering to healthy buds.Answered on 20/2/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Why are the leaves turning coppery brown and papery after growing healthily/ Is it because it is growing in a pot?Asked on 30/7/2013 by poppy13 from weston super mare
These are big climbers so are not really suited for pots. I suspect then that the browning leaves are caused by either a lack of water or a lack of space.Answered on 30/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Clematis armandii "Apple Blossom" hasn't flowered.....
Hi there, I bought a Clematis armandii "Apple Blossom" from Crocus last May/June and planted it in my back garden against a sunny wall/screen. The climber has put on quite a lot of growth throughout the year and the evergreen leaves are attractive; however, I am concerned that the plant has not flowered yet. I expected it to flower in March/April and I cannot even see any flower buds yet. It is planted into the soil under a mulch of gravel and a couple of weeks ago, I did apply a balanced fertiliser under the gravel and watered this in well. What is wrong with it??? Please help. Many thanks in advance, AmyAsked on 16/4/2010 by Amy Jourdain
A:Hello Amy, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but it looks healthy enough and you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Advice on climbers please
Hi, I need to find climbing plants for the length of a 2m high wood panel fence with concrete posts. I haven't measured the entire length but I would estimate around 15m. It is South facing and on a side of the garden that gets a lot of sun in the summer, the soil is clay and tends to dry out. I have no idea how many plants I would need to cover the entire fence (I am notoriously bad at judging the spread of a plant and always end up with an overcrowding problem). I am looking for something to deter anyone from climbing over the fence, yet ideally something that won't be treacherous to deal with myself (if such a plant exists!). Climbing roses are the first to spring to mind and if I were to go down that route I would definitely opt for white or cream flowers. I have had a look at the white climbing roses on your site but am unsure whether they will be happy in our soil, as you specify 'moist, well-drained' humus rich soil. I would also like to get an evergreen climber for the rear fence (+/- 5m long). I am not concerned whether this flowers or not, and I am less concerned about this being a 'thief-deterrent'. The soil is the same,- lots of clay, which plants seem to like, but it is very hard to work with and dries out easily in the summer. Any advice gratefully accepted! Best regards, HeatherAsked on 12/3/2010 by Thuli
A:Hello Heather, Unfortunately there are no plants that will deter intruders without being difficult to deal with, and the best plants are those with thorns like the roses. It sounds like roses will certainly grow in your soil, but ideally you should dig in lots of composted organic matter and then make sure they are kept well watered in summer. It can be difficult to see a small plant and imagine how big it will grow to eventually, however we do give all this information on each plant card, which hopefully should help. You will find it just to the right of the pictures at the top of the pages. If you click on the following rose, you will see it has an eventual height and spread of 10 x 6 m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/rambling-roses/climbers/rosa-filipes-kiftsgate/classid.1280/ while this one will only grow to 3 x 2m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/climbers/climbing-roses/rosa-climbing-iceberg/classid.1181/ I would pick the one you like the look of and then you will be able to establish how many you need to fill your fence. As for the evergreens, if you click on the following link it will take you to our full range of evergreen or semi-evergreen climbers that will grow in clay soils, but the same rules apply re preparing the soil and watering. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.9/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climber for South facing wall
Dear Sir/ Madam, I wanted to order a couple of climbers for a south facing wall. I already have a Virginia Creeper growing but the wall is concrete and looks terrible in the in winter. Have you got any recommendations for an evergreen climber that would grow well on a south facing wall, and also grow with a Virginia Creeper? Kind regards, RolandAsked on 10/12/2009 by s8films
A:Hello Roland, The best will be the Hederas, which are self-clinging like the Parthenocissus - just click on the link below to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hedera/ If however you can put up a network of wires or trellis, then you can choose from any of the following. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Clematis montana var. rubens 'Pink Perfection'- evergreen?
Hi, Just a quick query regards Clematis montana var. rubens 'Pink Perfection', is this an evergreen species or is there a variant that is? Many thanks, Regards, ShaunAsked on 20/11/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Shaun, This is not an evergreen, but all the ones on the following link are. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.armandii/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 20/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climbers to cover a Pergola
Hello We are building a 13ft square x 8ft high pergola and want to have Clematis, with flower for most of the year, but also with vigorous growth to cover the roof of the pergola. What Clematis would you recommend or do I need to include climbers like Jasmine and Virginia Creeper to provide summer and autumn colour? Please advise PaulAsked on 3/11/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Paul, I'm afraid no single Clematis will flower throughout the year, however you can get different types to flower at different times of the year. As a very general rule the group 1 Clematis are early flowering, the group 2's mid and the group 3's late, so this will help you narrow down your selection. The following link will take you to the few evergreen Clematis, some of which are quite vigorous - you can see the eventual height and spread of each to the right of the photos once you open up each page. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/plcid.15/plcid.16/vid.24/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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