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How to Transplant Clematis Outdoors


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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.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Wheelbarrow or cardboard
  • Shovel
  • Mulch
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

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