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In order for a clematis to climb towards the sky, a climbing aid is required. Creative hobby gardeners have the choice between natural and specially constructed climbing aids. We've rounded up some of the best suggestions for you.

Mother Nature provides these climbing aids for clematis

As petiole climbers, clematis have the natural ability to pull themselves up trees and shrubs under their own steam. The buttercup family owes its popular name clematis to this talent. While it quickly finds a foothold on bushes, a mighty tree trunk causes problems for a clematis if it wants to cling to it. Resourceful hobby gardeners give the climbing plant a little help:

  • In the lower area, loosely cover the tree trunk with wire mesh (€14.99).
  • Weave in the first tendrils by hand
  • Alternatively, attach the first long tendrils to the lower branches with a rope

So that there is no root competition in the immediate vicinity of natural climbing aids, gardeners with knowledge of plants plant clematis in a large plastic bucket or mason's vat without a bottom.

Keep climbing aids on facades at a distance

Thanks to their vigorous growth, clematis are very popular for greening facades. Wooden trellises, trellis and rope systems serve as climbing aids. On the one hand, wall brackets create the necessary stability and at the same time ensure the important distance of 5 to 10 centimeters between the climbing aid and the wall. Only if the clematis is also ventilated backwards on its climbing aid will it remain healthy.

Plant boxes with integrated trellis as a climbing aid

Less vigorous Clematis hybrids function as a magnificently flowering privacy screen. For this purpose, the specialist trade offers plant boxes that have a built-in trellis. Large pots with an integrated climbing pyramid or a forged obelisk are of particular decorative value.

Fasten the first tendrils of a clematis to the lower struts of the climbing aid using flower clips. The plant itself finds its way upwards. Since clematis usually tends to grow vertically, individual shoots should be fixed horizontally from time to time.

tips and tricks

In order for clematis to grow healthily and vitally on their climbing aid for many years, there should ideally be a roof or eaves as rain protection. The less moisture gets to the foliage of a clematis, the lower the risk of infection by fungal diseases such as clematis wilt.

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