How to Transplant Clematis Outdoors
Clematis is a woody vine that produces big, showy, flowers for much of the summer. Clematis blooms may have from four to eight petals, and are available in a range of colors and shapes, depending on the variety. Although most clematis are deciduous, evergreen varieties are available. If you think your clematis will be happier in a new location, you can safely move the plant in early spring, fall or late winter.
things you’ll need:
- Wheelbarrow or cardboard
- Prepare the soil for the transplanted clematis ahead of time. Remove any weeds or rocks, and then spade the soil to a depth of 2 feet and a width of 3 feet. Remove 1/3 of the soil, and then replace the removed soil with compost. Save the rest for use when you plant the clematis.
- Cut the clematis down to about 12 inches, then dig in a circle at least 6 to 8 inches from the plant. Dig deeply enough to retain as much soil around the roots as possible. Place the clematis in a wheelbarrow or on a piece of cardboard so the plant can be easily and safely transported to its new location. Keep the root ball damp if you are unable to transplant the clematis immediately.
- Plant the clematis in the new hole with the crown of the plant — where the main stem meets the roots — about 2 inches beneath the surface of the soil. Fill the hole with the reserved soil. Pat the soil gently around the roots.
- Water the transplanted clematis deeply. Thereafter, give the clematis about an inch of water every week throughout the growing season. Spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the plant to keep the roots cool and to conserve moisture.