Clematis 'Josephine' Evijohill (N) - care and cutting

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Clematis 'Josephine' Evijohill (N) - care and cutting: Josephine

Beauty is a matter of taste, but the Clematis 'Josephine' is undoubtedly one of the beauties in the clematis family. Its plump, pale pink inner flowers are accompanied by an outer ring of long petals. These have a stronger color band in the middle, become darker and say goodbye in time. This change in the flower image provides beautiful accents in the garden. What needs do the fine tendrils develop?

Growth and flowering

The clematis variety 'Josephine' is a hybrid variety that can grow up to 2.5 meters high. To reach this height, she needs a scaffold to hold on. It is suitable for both the garden and the bucket. Her climbing skills make her a natural screen. The pink flowers appear twice per garden year. The first flowers are filled and appear from May. The second time it blooms from August. The beauty of her 14 to 16 cm wide flowers has earned her in England the award "Queen of the Garden".


Diestark flowering clematis needs a sunny spot if it is to show off its flower show perfectly. With a half-shady place, this climbing champion is also satisfied. Places that never see the sun are not suitable at all. The only part of her that loves shadow is her roots. For this, their origin is responsible as a forest plant, where their roots grow in the shady area. This preference remains in gardens and should therefore be fulfilled.
  • Plant smaller plants around it
  • or choose very flat growing groundcover
  • These neighboring plants donate shade to the root area
  • they do not take the suns away from the flowers
  • Alternatively, a 10 cm thick mulch layer shadows the roots
  • When planting the Clematis about 10 cm deeper
Tip: The sunny place should be sheltered from the wind, as the tendrils of the clematis are very thin. Strong wind can easily bend them, even if they are tied to the climbing frame.


Clematis 'Josephine' Evijohill (N)

The clematis stretches its roots deep into the earth. You should succeed effortlessly from the beginning. The soil must not be too heavy and loamy. But it must not be too sandy, because then water would drain away too quickly. Ideal is a mixture of humus and sand. If the soil does not have these characteristics, it must be prepared accordingly before planting the Clematis 'Josephine'. Sand must be mixed with hard ground, maybe even a few pebbles. Soil with a high proportion of sand is upgraded by potting soil. The soil should always be well and deeply loosened up. It is also worth creating a drainage layer of pebbles or grit. Although the clematis needs plenty of water during its growing season, it can not stand. A drainage layer reliably prevents waterlogging.

plant out

The Clematis 'Josephine' is characterized by good winter hardiness. It may therefore grow outdoors. If larger areas are to be planted through them, several plants are necessary. The planting distance is about half a meter. Basically, the clematis can be planted on all frost-free days. But for best results, plant Clematis in late summer. Between August and October, the soil temperature is ideal, so that the Clematis can quickly and easily root. Well rooted she survives the upcoming winter and starts the new flowering season without delay.

1. Place the clematis pot in a bucket of water for 10 minutes to allow the root ball to soak.

2. Dig a planting hole about twice the size of the root ball. The distance to house walls should be at least 15 cm.

3. Loosen up the soil deeply.

4. Place a 10 cm drainage layer of pebbles or split.

5. Check the condition of the earth. Add potting soil or sand as needed.

6. Carefully remove the clematis from the pot without damaging its roots. You must not pull on the tendrils. Better keep the pot upside down to let the plant slide out.

7. Place Clematis straight into the planting hole, about 10 cm lower than it stood in the pot.

8. Fill the hole with ground, lightly press it on.

9. Water the 'Josephine' well.

10. Set up a suitable climbing aid if there is no possibility for climbing.

11. Water the plant regularly and as needed. Pay particular attention to the current weather.

Tip: Form already when planting the clematis with the earth a casting wall around the root ball. This will make your casting easier later.

container plants

Clematis 'Josephine' Evijohill (N)

Because of its hardiness, the Clematis 'Josephine' is an ideal garden plant. An outdoor space is not a must. If you want to plant these clematis in a bucket, you are welcome to do so. If a few rules are taken into account, it also thrives in it. Because the clematis quickly grows big leaps in growth and makes abundant flowers, it needs a large pot and ideal conditions.
  • large pot of min. 25 liters volume
  • large bottom holes required so that water can drain
  • 10 cm high gravel layer prevents waterlogging
  • Use nutrient rich potting soil
  • regular fertilizer during the flowering season
  • Shade the root area
  • offer suitable trellis help
  • even potted plants need to be cut
  • In the winter, pick up bucket or protect with fleece
  • make an earth exchange every few years


Clematis need plenty of nutrients. These should be available in sufficient quantities during the growth phase. Ideal is a long-term fertilizer such as horn shavings. These are applied early in the spring, so that they are decomposed by microorganisms. There are also special fertilizers for climbing plants, which are administered in the growing season with the irrigation water and ensure a beautiful flowering. In addition, rose fertilizer has also proven its worth with Clematis. Fertilization should be discontinued from mid-August because the clematis is about to retire soon.

to water

If you have young clematis in your garden, you should give them regular water. The topmost layer of soil dries quickly when exposed to sunlight. The roots of young plants are not deep enough to be supplied with water from the deep ground. Irrigation is especially important during flowering and on dry days. All necessary nutrients are absorbed through the water, so the root area should not dry out in the summer. Even clematis, which tend to grow in pots, need more attention regarding water. In pots, the soil dries out faster, even long roots do not help anymore. Therefore do not let even potted plants dry out. Only Clematis, which have been growing in the garden for several years, can provide themselves well with water. You should only give them water in a very hot summer.

To cut

Not all clematis varieties are cut equal. Different flowering times require different cutting measures. The hybrid variety 'Josephine' Evijohill (N) is one of the two-flowered Clematis varieties. The buds for the shoots are already formed in the previous year. The flowers develop on the new shoots. The twice-flowering clematis are classified by the plant expert in the section group 2. This means they are moderately cut before budding.
  • cut in winter
  • every month from November to January are ideal
  • cut back in half
  • However, do not fall below the height of one meter
  • Radical section makes sense every five years
  • for radical cutting, shorten to 20 cm above the ground
In order for the second flowering to be lavish from around August, everything that has been blooming should be removed on an ongoing basis.

Diseases and pests

Clematis 'Josephine' Evijohill (N)

The better you cultivate your clematis plant, the more resistant it is to diseases and pests. The large-flowered hybrids, which include the 'Josephine', are susceptible to the clematis wilt. Behind it actually hide two different fungal diseases, the Phoma clematis wilt and the Fusarium clematis wilt. Cut off diseased parts and treat the plant with a fungicide. In Fusarium clematis wilt, you should cut off all aboveground shoots.
If the wilt is detected in time and appropriate action is taken, the Clematis has a good chance of survival. The regeneration can take a long time. It can take up to three years for the clematis to sprout from the ground.
Tip: The fungus can survive for a long time and possibly attack other clematis next year. Dispose therefore thoroughly of all plant parts of a sick clematis. Collect all dry remains from the ground.
Protect the roots of the clematis with a wire basket from mouse bites if you are struggling with these pests in your garden.


The Clematis 'Josephine' is hardy and gets along well with low temperatures. Freshly planted specimens should nevertheless be protected from severe frosts with a thick layer of mulch or pine branches. Clematis, which are planted in the tub, should winter in a bright, cool winter quarters. If this is not possible, the bucket must be wrapped with fleece and placed in a sheltered place. When it gets warmer again in May, the Clematis is allowed to go outside again.

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