The “Clematis for all Seasons” presentation was a delight for the eyes and chock full of good information on this beautiful plant! Fred Wein is certainly an expert on that topic… read the biography at the end!
Clearview Horticultural Products, Aldergrove, has been in production since 1970. Although Clematis is the focal plant, they certainly grow many other flowers. They are, however, the largest Clematis sellers in North America… perhaps in the world!
This Garden Shop certainly seems worth a visit! It’s open from April to Autumn.
Check out the Clearview websites for some valuable information.
www.classicclimbers.com and www.homeofclematis.net
Mr. Wein gave us some valuable information on growing Clematis, but I think you’d be well advised to buy the Clearview modestly priced book ($13.95) if you are a serious Clematis lover. The International Clematis Society gives it a very favorable review! http://clematisinternational.com/books2013.html
Now… here is some information that I took away from this excellent presentation. Obviously, this is no substitute for a good book or internet website! LOL!
Sleep, creep, leap… that’s a good 3 year timeline to consider if you are buying Clematis. You might have to wait a couple years before it shows its full potential!
Did you know that there are three main types of Clematis? Group A are early bloomers that bloom on last year’s wood. (Prune them after blooming.) Group B has a massive Spring bloom and then another bloom in Fall. Group B1 blooms in May. There are double flowers on old wood and single flowers on new softer wood. Group C has a Summer bloom (July, August). You need to prune them every year or all the blooms will end up way up top, where you can’t enjoy them! Cut them right down when they are dormant in the winter. December – January is the best.
For both Group A and B, give a little bone meal in the Spring but then stop or you’ll get large growth but not lots of flowers. You can give lots of fertilizer after blooming. For Group C, feed them until you see buds.
Tomato fertilizer is good. It is basically the same as Clematis food, but cheaper! You can use 14-14-14 as well. Bone meal is really good twice a year. Dolomite lime is good. Coconut shells (ground up) can be a good soil alternative if you add some peat and fertilizer.
Mildew used to be a bigger problem in the past. Mildew germinates in 14 hours so water in the mornings and try to keep the leaves dry. Spider mites can be a problem in some varieties, especially in hot weather. Funguses can get in when there is a damaged stem. Cut the infected portions out and destroy them.
Mr. Wein agreed with one of our members that “Hot head, cool feet” does have some merit.
Planting your Clematis against your house is really not a good idea. There is usually poor soil, and not enough water. You could, however, sink a pipe 2 ft. to pour water down.
You can grow Clematis in pots but use good soil and repot every few years. “Long John” pots are 8 inches wide but 2 feet deep! They are great, but a little hard to find.
Here are some photos of some wonderful Clematis flowers. I was especially excited to see the very special “Vancouver” varieties!
Clematis Group A
Clematis Group B1
Clematis Group B2
Clematis Group C
Mr. Wein kindly donated 3 of his beautiful Clematis to our Raffle Table!
Thank you, Mr. Wein! (Wish I had won that night!)
Fred Wein (speaker bio by Shelagh J.)
You might say that growing clematis has been in Fred’s family for close to a hundred years.
Fred is one of the founding owners of Clearview Horticultural Products in Aldergrove. He, along with his stepfather Charlie Baron and both their wives, started Clearview back in 1970. But Charlie and his father had been growing clematis in Ontario for over 50 years before that.
In 1975 Fred and his wife bought out the Barons, but it continues to be a family business. His son Fred Jr came into the business in 1983 with a degree in horticulture, and his other son Rob followed in 1989 with a degree in commerce.
It’s partly due to this new blood that Clearview has grown to where it is today. Although the garden shop is still at the original location in Aldergrove, the family business now has four locations and a staff that, at the peak of the season, exceeds one hundred.
Two of Fred’s grandsons have recently joined the business, with Rob Jr bringing a degree in horticulture, while Dustin has a background in business. Rob Jr’s interest in entomology has helped propel Clearview toward sustainable production, and Dustin does an excellent job at keeping the finances in check.
With so many hands helping out now, Fred has been able to spend more time indulging his passion for clematis breeding.