Japanese clematis Kakio (Pink Champagne): a description of the hybrid and the nuances of growing


Clematis Pink Champagne (Kakio) is ideal for small gardens and large containers. But, despite its compactness, it dissolves large flowers and at an early date. This hybrid makes an amazing tandem with changeable weather. Its beauty depends entirely on its whims.

The story of clematis Kakio

Clematis appeared in Japan in the 1970s. Tea ceremonies are popular in this country, it is believed that one clematis flower in a vase enhances this ritual. The author of Kakyo - Kazushige Ozawa, in support of such a tradition, intended to create hybrids with large flowers of an interesting shape on a thin stem, so that even a single flower would look rich.

The result of such labors was Kakio. It is obtained by cross-pollination of the popular English hybrid Ernest Markham and the Japanese Star of India. When the new hybrid spread to Western Europe, it got a second name - Pink Champagne. But the creator Kakyo disputed it, calling it wrong. After all, in Japan, Kakio has red flowers, not pink ones.

Description of appearance

A separate ode can be dedicated to the flowers of Kakyo, they are so varied in color, the number of petals in them is not constant. It should be noted that this hybrid exhibits remontability:

  • from May to June blooms on the shoots of the last year;
  • in August-September - on young shoots.

Flowers in some latitudes may bloom pink, in others - red, and in others - purple, and there is a high probability that the color of the second wave will change in all three places. Even within the same region, from year to year, the flowers of the same bush change color depending on weather conditions: the intensity of precipitation, the amount of solar heat and light.

The edges of the petals of this flower are purple

Kakyo's petals are described as pink with purple stripes, pink-purple, pink with purple edges, bright red, deep pink. And all of these descriptions are correct for the Japanese hybrid. The following signs remain unchanged:

  • the fields of the petals are colored more intensely than the area along the central vein;
  • the center of the petal is lighter, and pinkish veins can become almost invisible against this background;
  • the flower consists of 8 sometimes or more petals, overlapping each other at the base;
  • flower diameter - 12–20 cm;
  • In the center, a bunch of bright yellow anthers stands out in contrast.

The edges of the petals of this hybrid are always darker than the middle.

Describing the shape of the bush, Kakyo is called a clematis-climber: he directs his shoots vertically upward, growing little in breadth. The height of an adult bush does not exceed 3 m, the average is 1.6–2.5 m, and the width is 60–100 cm. The blooming liana looks like a large pink or red exclamation mark and is great for marking borders, creating arches, decorating gates, gazebos and balconies.

Kakio is compact, suitable for marking borders and decorating various structures

Hybrid requirements for growing conditions

According to the USDA system, Kakio was assigned to the winter hardiness zone 4b - 9b. For understanding: the middle band of the Russian Federation corresponds to zone 5, Moscow region - 4, Sochi - 9. That is, clematis can be grown in latitudes from the Moscow region to the south of Russia. The coldest winters of these zones are observed in the 4th - maximum up to -31.7 ° C, on average - up to -28.9 ° C.

Kakyo grows well on loamy fertile and drained soils. The hybrid is afraid of scorching sun rays, so in the south it is better to plant it in partial shade, and in the middle lane - in a sunny place. As for the international classification by pruning groups, our clematis belongs to the second.

The classification includes three groups: no pruning (1), weak pruning (2) and strong (3).

Table: advantages and disadvantages of Clematis Pink Champagne

Benefitsdisadvantages
Large beautiful flowersNot everyone likes the changeable color of the petals.
Early floweringSuitable for growing not in all regions of the Russian Federation
RepairabilityRequires pruning according to the rules of group 2
CompactnessAffected by diseases and pests

Features of planting and growing Kakio

Clematis Kakio are planted singly or in groups with a distance of 1–1.5 m from each other and with a distance of 30 cm from the wall or support. Water should not drain from the roof onto the vine. Humus or compost mixed with soil 1: 1 is introduced into the planting pit, as well as superphosphate - 50 g per plant. On the south side, low-growing "neighbors" are planted, which will shade the base of the bush (forget-me-nots, badan, etc.). Like all clematis, Kakyo likes to keep his head in the sun and his legs in the shade.

Plant Clematis next to the support; for an elegant Kakio, a grid is also suitable

Care consists in abundant irrigation, capable of wetting the ground to a depth of 40-50 cm. In addition to a sufficient amount of water, for active growth and two waves of flowering, fertilizing is necessary twice a month. Fertilizers need to be bought complex with microelements, special ones are ideal: Clean sheet "For climbing plants" and the like.

The rules for trimming group 2 have their own characteristics:

  • In the first year, all shoots are shortened to 30 cm for branching.
  • For the second and all subsequent years:
    • after the first flowering, faded shoots are removed, leaving only the growth of the current year;
    • after the second flowering, in the fall (early spring is possible), cut off all the remaining shoots at a height of 150 cm.
  • Every 5 years, the bush is rejuvenated by cutting it off entirely at a height of 20-30 cm from the ground.
  • In addition, sanitary pruning is carried out annually, removing or shortening sick, dry, frozen stems to a living kidney.

For the winter in the regions of zoning, clematis is cut off, but they are not removed from the trellises, only the base of the bush is covered with mulch. Shoots are not laid on the ground, since they strongly entwine the support. Freeing thin and fragile stems without breaking is a daunting task.

Video: different options for trimming clematis

Possible growing problems

Any fungal and viral diseases that can annoy him, he becomes infected with leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, fusarium wilting. For prophylaxis before and after flowering, as well as when the first signs appear (yellowing of leaves, spots on them), treat with a fungicide: Skor, HOM, Horus or another that you consider reliable.

Moreover, many pests settle on Kakio: whiteflies, aphids, caterpillars, and the stems and lower leaves are often attacked by slugs. In the fight against insect pests, use insecticides: Aktar, Iskra, Inta-Vir and the like. Granules of metaldehyde and preparations based on it are effective against slugs.

When using pesticides, follow the recommendations from the instructions: take into account the application temperature, observe the frequency of treatments, do not exceed dosages. To avoid harming beneficial pollinating insects, avoid treatments during flowering.

Reviews about clematis Kakio

Clematis of Japanese breeding Kakyo or Pink Champagne is a large-flowered, but compact hybrid, famous for its variability in color. It belongs to the second and most difficult trimming group. For example, 1 group is not cut off at all, and the third is cut off at the root in the fall. Also, when growing, you will have to spray against diseases and pests.


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