Very cold hardy, bred to withstand the cold climates of Estonia makes Huvi advantageous. As with all of the fine Kivistik clematis hybrid selections, this clematis blooms annually, developing flowers on the current seasons growth. Prune old blooms to encourage new flowers. The Kivistiks have resolved the frustrations of the past for the clematis gardeners! They will have success!
Inventor: Uno and Aili Kivistik, Estonia
Colour: maroon red to dark purple
Blooming Season: June to August
Mature Size: flower size 6″ diameter Height 5ft
Prune: Group 3, cut to almost the ground and mulch a bit before winter if you have a cold one! Suitable for patio container gardening or the garden. Also great as a cut flower!
Care: Plant in sun to partial shade in fertile soil. Clematis should always be planted in a deeply dug, loosened soil with plenty of added humus and nutrients. Clematis are quite able to adapt to most soil conditions. Extremely heavy soils, like clay or limestone can have their drainage improved by adding peat,compost and sand or grit. Always be sure of good drainage. If your garden is acid, give a dressing of lime once a year.
The best time to plant clematis in the garden is between August-October, soil temperatures are good then and the roots can establish easier. The best time to plant clematis in a container is in spring.A container will heat up quicker and the optimal temperature at the roots will be achieved. The container should hold at least 20 litres of soil but the bigger the better! Growing medium should be of highest quality.
Water regularly during the half year of summer and when watering, keep the lower leaves of the plant dry! Always feed with an application of well balanced general fertilizer and begin in April when growth starts. Further applications could be needed during the summer.
Grower/propagator: Roseville Farms, www.rosevillefarms.com www.clematis.com (mailorder)