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How to Protect Clematis From Frost

By Michael Davidson
Clematis can be badly damaged by frost.
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Clematis is a genus of plant known for its wooden vinelike appearance and the way it wraps itself around supporting structures. It is also known for its brightly colored flowers, the specifics of which vary depending on the type of clematis plant. Like most plants, clematis are susceptible to cold weather, ice and frost. Frost can quickly kill a clematis plant if it is not protected. Protecting clematis from frost requires some preparation and diligence.

Move any clematis that are growing out of containers indoors to keep them out of frost conditions. Make sure they are still getting plenty of sunlight.

Cover any clematis that are still outdoors with a tarp during heavy snow or frost weather to help insulate them and to keep much of the freezing moisture off of them. Remove the tarp once the snow or freeze is over so the plant can still get sunlight.

Add a thick layer of mulch over the root system in the winter months to further insulate them against freezing.


Things You Will Need

  • Tarp
  • Mulch

About the Author


Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.