clematis vines

I just moved into a home that has a trellis of clematis flowers. They bloomed this spring all on one side of the arbor. The other side only has a few vines and no flowers. I don't know how to maintain this kind of flower. Can you tell me how to bring the branches to the other side so that the flowers grow in the shape of an arch?
Submitted by reginacorris

Hi, Well the key is sunshine. If that one side of the arbor is receiving less sun than the other, it's likely the shadier side will never fill in very well. These plants need 6 to 8 hours of sun a day. They also like to have their roots cool which means to keep them mulched. There's an old saying that clematis like their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade. Otherwise, there's not much you need to do with them. You can apply a little slow-release granular fertilizer at their base, but basically that's about it.


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