Common Name: Clematis
Cultivar: 'Doctor Ruppel'
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Time to prune: February to March
'Doctor Ruppel' produces striking single flowers, 10 to 15cm (4 to 6in) across, that are deep rose-pink with darker central bars and light chocolate anthers. These flowers are freely produced over a long period, with the main flush in late spring and early summer. Like all clematis, this plant prefers a position in the sun with the base and roots in the shade. Apply a thick mulch to the soil above the roots to keep them happy. To prune, remove any dead or weak stems in late winter or early spring and cut remaining stems back to the highest pair of strong-growing buds. To encourage blooms to cover the whole plant, train the stems so that they're evenly spaced on their support. As new growth appears in mid-spring, train this to fill any gaps.
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