Clematis Lemon Dream
Today, vines, which grow very decoratively, are deservedly popular among gardeners and gardeners. At the same time, you can practically not make any special efforts if we talk about caring activities, but the result can be amazing. Thanks to clematis and lianas can carry out vertical gardening of residential buildings, fences and gazebos. In this case, clematis called lemon dream deserves special attention. Its flowers are painted in a bright yellow shade, while in shape they do not at all resemble the inflorescences of other varieties, and this is also their feature.
In this article, we will look at the most basic features and characteristics of a hybrid clematis variety called Lemon Dream. We will also analyze the features and rules of planting and growing this crop, pay attention to how to properly cut the liana, so as not only to preserve its decorative features and characteristics, but also to make them even brighter and more expressive. This article will be of interest not only to inexperienced gardeners, but also to those who already have experience in growing clematis, but at the same time gardeners are actively looking for new species and varieties of plants to transform their garden plot.
Clematis Lemon Dream: photo
Clematis Lemon Dream: description
If we consider Clematis Lemon Dream from the point of view of international classification, then this variety belongs precisely to the clematis family. But domestic, Russian gardeners are inclined to believe that Lemon Dream can be defined to a separate type of clematis - to the prince's. We can explain such a detailed classification by the fact that the princes, unlike other clematis, have a completely different shape of the inflorescence. Although, it should still be borne in mind that these plants are close relatives to each other, and therefore they have a fairly large number of similarities and common features, and this also applies to caring activities.
Princes from clematis can be distinguished by their appearance, which have leaves and inflorescences. The flowers of the princes have petals separated from each other, but the clematis have no separate petals. In addition, the stalk of the princes is more woody, but in the clematis the stalk is more herbaceous, soft and elastic, and it is very easy to damage it. The leaves are not solid, but trifoliate, which also distinguishes the representative of the prince family from the clematis group of plants. Another distinctive feature of the princes is that flowering begins very, very early. If clematis begin to bloom at the end of the spring period, or at the very beginning of summer, then the very first buds of princes can bloom already in the month of April, and for many it seems more an advantage than a disadvantage.
Clematis Lemon Dream: photo
Despite the fact that in appearance the princes may differ from clematis, if we are talking about agrotechnical features and requirements for planting and subsequent care, then in general the procedures here are completely similar and do not differ in any way from clematis. Therefore, it will be quite easy to grow a full-fledged and incredibly beautiful liana on the site, it is just important to know about some of the subtleties and specific features and characteristics. If you follow them, then the liana of the princes can be safely grown even by that gardener who initially does not have much experience in this matter.
Clematis Lemon Dream is one of the most popular varieties.And this is even despite the fact that breeders bred this variety several decades ago, it is still considered not just one of the most studied, but also one of the easiest to care for and breed. This popularity of clematis of the Lemon Dream variety is explained by the fact that the plant has a very high level of decorativeness, and in general this clematis variety is completely unpretentious when it comes to soil mixture and climatic conditions in which clematis can grow. Sometimes alpine clematis Lemon Dream can find itself in harsh conditions, where there can be dry periods, and there can be periods with sudden temperature changes. One way or another, clematis retains its decorative features and characteristics, it does not change, does not get sick because of this, although it is still better in such conditions to once again look after the planting and take care of it so that clematis still shows all its decorative features , beauty and attractiveness.
Clematis Lemon Dream: photo
It is worth listing a few of the most basic features of the Alpine Lemon Dream clematis. These include the following:
- alpine clematis Lemon Dream has a very unusual petal shape and an unusually attractive color - the inflorescences can be colored in a delicate lemon shade, and the petals of the variety are terry. When the bud is fully blooming, it turns out to be quite large, which also makes the vine a very decorative and popular plant from this group of plants.
- the petals are obtained in very large quantities - the petals are slightly elongated, depending on the size of the buds, up to fifteen parts of this plant can be located on one inflorescence. It looks incredibly attractive.
- flowering begins early enough - the flowers of clematis of the Lemon Dream variety bloom in May, and it is in the spring that the most abundant flowering period of this plant occurs, it looks incredibly decorative and elegant. For the second time, the clematis buds begin to open already in the middle of summer, but it should be emphasized that just the second wave of flowering is no longer too decorative or abundant, although the plant still looks very interesting and attractive, and therefore it is so popular.
Clematis Lemon Dream: photo
Clematis leaves are also very decorative when compared with any other varieties. At the same time, the leaves have jagged edges, they are painted in a dark, deep green hue. If you look at the whole composition as a whole - dark juicy leaves and yellow, lemon delicate, but at the same time bright flowering, then it really looks more like an exotic art, and not a planting, which even a gardener without a certain experience in such an activity can take care of. of course, this clematis lemon dream also attracts a huge number of gardeners and decorators, florists, and for this he received such popularity and special recognition.
Another advantage of this plant is that it is completely unpretentious to care for, and at the same time, its viability is just at its best. Unlike many other varieties of clematis and princes, Lemon Dream does not need support, since this variety's shoots are distinguished by their woodiness, and in principle they are strong enough even to grow well without any supports and supports, and this Is a really great and attractive factor, because then the gardener saves enough time on caring activities. Also note that Lemon Dream is often used in landscape design to create attractive vertical compositions, and the result does not make the gardener disappointed. In addition, Lemon Dream is a clematis variety that is distinguished by a high level of resistance to temperature extremes and frost, the plant is completely undemanding to care, it can develop remarkably well in well-lit areas, as well as in areas that are in partial shade. These factors do not spoil the decorative external characteristics of the planting at all, everything looks just wonderful and attractive.
Cultivation of clematis and its pruning
It should be borne in mind that the alpine clematis Lemon Dream was bred by breeders on purpose, and therefore this variety is devoid of such shortcomings as whimsicality and high needs for care, and it is also completely unpretentious if we are talking about the composition of the soil, about caring measures. Planting a lemon dream in open ground is not difficult at all, so those gardeners who do not have much experience in these activities can easily cope with this task. At the same time, the plant will be distinguished by a high level of decorativeness and will delight the gardener with its special attractive appearance.
In order for the general appearance of the plant to be preserved from year to year, so that it pleases the gardener with its lush flowering, large buds and general attractiveness, it is worth observing only a few especially significant conditions so that the plant gives only an excellent decorative result in response. These conditions include the following:
- choosing a place for planting clematis - the culture will demonstrate bright and abundant flowering if clematis receives enough sunlight. But at the same time, it is worth remembering that if the plant is under constant exposure to sunlight, then this will simply lead to burns, to the development of various diseases, so this should be avoided. It is best to plant a liana in partial shade, it will grow and develop well, and at the same time such a semi-shaded setting will not in any way affect the overall appearance of the plant, its decorative characteristics
- protection from the wind - it is best to plant clematis in areas that will be protected from sudden gusts of wind, as well as from strong drafts, since clematis does not tolerate them at all, although the area should be ventilated so that various diseases do not develop. In addition, strong gusts of wind can tear off the delicate buds of clematis, or young shoots can be very injured, so you should pay attention to this and be sure to take into account such needs of this plant.
- soil - even despite the fact that the alpine clematis Lemon Dream takes root well on soils of absolutely any composition, it is still possible to ensure abundant flowering and maximum decorative features of the plant only under the conditions that clematis grows in fertile soil areas. The acidity should be neutral, and fertile soil is best applied specifically before planting.
When a gardener places clematis on a garden plot, he must also make sure that moderate air humidity is formed on the plot. The culture does not tolerate stagnant moisture, especially in the area of the root system, as this can lead to its active decay. In addition, in no case should clematis be planted in swampy areas, near water bodies or sources of moisture, and in areas with a high level of groundwater - in these places the plant will definitely not take root, it will not show its full maximum of its growth and development, and this will lead to his early death. When the lemon dream bush is planted, it is worth making sure that for the days of each hole there is a drainage layer, which can be made from gravel, expanded clay, broken brick or sand. It is thanks to them that all excess moisture will be removed from the root system and root layer, and the plant will feel just fine.
The site should be prepared in advance, if the planting is planned for the spring time, then approximately in the fall of the site. Which has been chosen, you should dig up, remove all weeds, and also remove all plant residues. In the process of preparation, it is also worth adding to the soil some mineral and nutritional components, including phosphorus, potash fertilizers, which perfectly enrich the soil and make it more suitable for planting clematis. About one month before planting the plant in open ground, it should be carefully dug up, and some of the soil should be removed from the hole and mixed with humus and nitrogen-containing components.It is this nutrient mixture that will then be put back into the hole and used to make the plant feel as comfortable and cozy as possible in certain conditions.
It should be borne in mind that the hole for planting should be wide and deep so that the plant has room to grow, and the width and depth of the hole should be at least 60 centimeters, and sometimes a little more. Only in such conditions does clematis have every chance of developing the strongest and most powerful root system that will withstand any unfavorable conditions and circumstances if they suddenly arise. In addition, in such conditions, it is more likely that the plant will grow green mass. In the planting hole, the gardener places a pre-prepared planting material, a nutritious substrate and forms a small mound, it is in the center of this mound that a clematis seedling will be placed. The root system should be very carefully spread, and the roots are sprinkled on top with a small amount of soil. In order to additionally disinfect the soil material, you can pour a preparation with fungicidal properties on the near-stem circle.
When the planting of clematis has been completed, shallow holes should be made in the near-stem circle, into which moisture will be poured for irrigation, and the near-stem circle itself must be covered with a layer of mulch. Straw, sawdust, peat can be used as mulch, which are handy materials and can be found right on the backyard. Even despite the fact that clematis does not need support at a more mature age, it is still recommended to tie young plants, and young structures, wooden slats are ideal for this, which the gardener can also find and install on his own. Thanks to the fact that the supports will be installed, the young bushes will form into the correct shape, and the plant will feel much healthier and better. Further, the plant will need minimal care, since this hybrid variety is considered completely unpretentious and takes root well in any area.
It is also worth listing some of the main activities that just relate to caring for the princes. They are as follows:
- watering and loosening the soil after watering. Liana of this decorative type does not particularly welcome moistened soil, and therefore, an irrigation schedule should be drawn up and adhered to very strictly. When the shrub has already matured, then it is necessary to water it about once a week, but if the temperature is dry and sultry, then this process should be carried out much more often. It is also worth adding additional moisture during the flowering period of the vine, but about a month before the start of frost and before shelter for the winter, it is better to gradually reduce watering and stop altogether. Approximately two or three days after each precipitation in the form of rains or after watering, the soil should be very carefully loosened, because this will allow moisture to enter the root system much faster, and will not stagnate too much in the upper soil layer. In general, the plant will feel much more comfortable, and when loosening, it will be possible to weed, remove weeds and other vegetation that can negatively affect the general condition of the plant.
- feeding - even despite the fact that the plants that belong to the princely family are not particularly capricious or whimsical, especially if we talk about soil conditions, still approximately several times during the entire season the plants will need to be fed at least occasionally. Only if this condition is observed, then it will be possible to get not only attractive, but also abundant, long-lasting flowering. In order for the plant to receive all the necessary substances and microelements, it is worth adding fertilizing not in one or two, but even in three stages.Approximately in the very early spring period, when the buds begin to swell, and the deciduous part begins to bloom, nitrogen-containing dressings are introduced. The second time, clematis must be fed already at the stage when the buds are abundantly formed, and for this, a liquid mullein-based infusion is ideal. About a month before the onset of frost and the shelter of the plant for the winter, it must be fed with the help of phosphorus and potassium supplements, which will perfectly provide the plant with everything necessary in such a dangerous and unfavorable period.
- when clematis has already become an adult and is strong enough, then, in principle, you can not cover it for the winter - it will be enough to sprinkle the root system with fallen leaves, but the stems can remain directly on the support, and you do not need to do anything with them. Young plants, especially in the first year after they have been planted in open ground, need to be additionally covered and protected from excessive frost. Shoots should be removed from the supports and laid out in a ring right around the central stem, but this should be done very carefully. Then they are sprinkled with coarse sand, which is mixed with wood ash, and this will be an excellent protection for the immediate shoots themselves. Sprinkle the plant with peat on top, the most common sawdust is suitable for this purpose. Next, the covering material is laid out, which just becomes the most important layer - it can be spruce branches or agrofibre, which can be purchased at any gardening store. In principle, these conditions are the only ones that should be observed if we are talking about clematis agricultural technology. If the gardener lives in a region where winters are characterized by an increased level of snow, then you should additionally take care that a large amount of snow cover does not damage the shoots and their integrity. To do this, after laying the shoots above them, it is worth building special arcs, and you can also lay wooden boxes in which holes have been made in advance. Only after that, a covering material is installed on top so that the shoots are maximally protected from such an abundance of snow cover, which can be expected in winter.
Pruning clematis is a process that deserves special attention, since there is a whole technology, observing which you can not only preserve the health and decorativeness of the planting, but also increase these indicators. In addition to traditional pruning, which is done for sanitary purposes, shoots should also be shortened in order to obtain clematis bushes of the most attractive and beautiful shape. In the very first year after clematis has been planted in open ground, it should be pruned, but in the fall. Shoots are shortened to about thirty centimeters, but it is also worth making sure that there are three living buds on each branch, because it is these buds that will further ensure the growth of green mass, especially next year.
When the vines become adults and gain their decorativeness, then they should be cut off only in the fall. Thanks to this procedure, it will be possible to form in the plant not only an excellent shape, but also a sufficiently strong root system. As a rule, Lemon Dream Alpine clematis is pruned about one month before the most persistent cold weather sets in. Since the lemon dream blooms not once, but twice a season, it may belong to the second group of pruning plants. Accordingly, this suggests that only those branches that grew this season should be removed, but it is best not to touch others at all. Next year, flower buds will not form on the branches of the current season, and they can lead to excessive thickening of the shrub, but already the second wave will just form on young branches, and it will look much fresher and more interesting and, of course, more decorative.
After the grower finishes pruning, he should treat all the cuts with a fungicide-based solution, which will be prepared according to the instructions. The tree-trunk circle is also sprinkled with wood ash to protect the plant from attacks from pests and insects. Since the elongation of branches or their pruning is a stressful situation for any plant, then if the treatment is not carried out, as we indicated, this can lead to the fact that the plant's immunity will decrease, it will be susceptible to fungal diseases and viruses, which, as a result, will lead to the development of the disease, and the plant may die. In general, observing all the rules of agricultural technology, the gardener can achieve incredibly attractive results, and he can also easily create unique clematis compositions that will be unpretentious, and the result from their growth and flowering will be simply magnificent. Also, of course, it is worth remembering about agricultural technology, since the plant is susceptible to external conditions, and if they are favorable, then the decorativeness of the variety will only increase in such conditions.
Alpine clematis Lemon Dream: video