Clematis hibernate - That's how it's done

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If you have a clematis in your garden the first year, you often do not know how it will be wintered. Here's a little guide to it.


The question of how to hibernate a clematis can not be answered clearly. From the popular climber, there are finally a variety of varieties, of which only a few are really hardy. So you should take a look at the label at the time of purchase, to make sure that the desired copy can spend the winter outdoors.

However, hardy winter does not mean hardy in the Clematis, because only a few varieties survive well even extreme low temperatures. Only really hardy plants should be placed in the garden, otherwise you would have to dig them out in the fall and transplant them back to the bed in the coming spring.

On the other hand, you are always on the safe side when planting the Clematis in a bucket, as this will allow you to place it where it suits you best, depending on the weather.

The ideal winter quarters for potted plants

Of course, you do not have to put every container plant in winter quarters. Particularly hardy varieties can spend the cold season in the open air, even if they are not affected by high temperatures. In the house, you should not overwinter the plants, because here it would just be too warm. The ideal temperature in winter quarters is between zero and ten degrees. There can only be no frost there. A good stand would be for this reason, for example, the garage or the basement.


Not all Clematis varieties shed their leaves in winter. So if you have an evergreen plant, it needs plenty of light even in winter.

Winter protection for the clematis outdoors

Preliminary work in the summer:

Already in the summer you should provide your Clematis with good fertilizer, so that it grows well. Furthermore, you should make a strong pruning in the spring, so that the bare plant is not quite so vulnerable. Reading tip: Clematis cut - how it's done!


There are many clematis varieties that are hardy. Nevertheless, you should protect the plants in very severe winters with long periods of frost a little. In any case, a place protected from the wind is important, for example directly on a wall or in front of a wall.

Of course you can also get the plants out of the bed in late autumn and place them in the tub during the winter. Next spring, the Clematis can then move back to the field. Reading tip: planting and cultivating clematis.

Cover plant:

You can cover the root area with some twigs of spruce or fir. Alternatively, you can surround the plant with a reed mat. By covering the roots you protect the plant from too much moisture, which could cause rot. These protective measures are recommended both for Clematis in the bed and in the tub to prevent damage.

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