Plants were large and very healthy on arrival. They started to bloom not long after being planted. Romance Gardens has a great catalog of plants that never fail to grow and bloom.
Clematis 'General Sikorski'
- Large, blue flowers early in summer
- Nice climber for a wall, fence, or pergola
- Shade the base with perennials or small shrubs
Brilliant blue flowers are 6" in size and have yellow anthers. Looks amazing growing up trellises or arbors. It is part of pruning group 2, which means that all of the first flowering comes from last season's ripened stems. In early spring watch for swelling leaf buds beginning to show. Cut all dead material off above these swelling buds. Be sure all growth is tied to the trellis at this time. Do not tie too tightly, so that growth is not hampered by tying too tight or cracking these stems. A beautiful vine that is a great performer in the garden.
Uses: Trellis, Arbors, Mailbox Posts etc.
Nature Attraction: Butterflies
Notable Features: Cut Flower
Growth Habit: Climbing
Homeowner Growing Tips: Part of Group 2 of Clematis, as it is one of the early to midseason flowering cultivars and rebloomers. Class 2 varieties begin to bloom in early summer on the previous year's growth. This is followed by a second flush of flowers that appear on new growth. The flowers in the second round tend to be smaller than the first ones and flowers that were double may be single in the second flowering.
The time to prune this group is in late winter or early spring. Dead and weak shoots should be removed and the remaining shoots cut back to 6-9 inches above a couple of well-developed buds.