Can Clematis be planted in acid soil?

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  1. janetdoyle

    janetdoyle Active Member 10 Years

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    I have mildly acid soil [as yet untested professionally but testing mildly acid in off-the-shelf testing kits] where most of my townhouse plantings are going, the majority are rhododendrons/azaleas, heathers and dwarf conifers, and several deciduous flowering shrubs, groundcovers, a shrub rose, hardy fuchsia and a few potentilla. The mornings are shady and the late noontimes to late afternoon sunny on the western aspect, dappled sunlight on the eastern side.

    I would like to train a clematis up and around a birdbath standing in it, or over one of the shrubs, but have read that they are lime-loving plants and I don't like to disturb the pH balance already successfully growing acid-loving plants. Would any particular variety of clematis succeed?
     
  2. Dunc

    Dunc Active Member

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    Clematis do well here on the Island. The acidity doesn't seem to bother them, the reccomendations are for an ideal setting but, in reality, if it works go for it.
     
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    janetdoyle Active Member 10 Years

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    That's good, I don't want to add lime in my small acid-soil planted garden. There are a lot of varieties available right now in the nurseries suddenly -- a wonderful number of choices. However, I never see them in the gardens I can see from the street, I suppose they are hidden away in back gardens and where they can reach into some sun.
     
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    K Baron Well-Known Member

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    You could add crushed egg shells to the base of your clem. Clematis armandii would take over your site...
     

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