How to Transplant Clematis


Wait until early spring when clematis is dormant or until fall after its leaves drop to transplant, advises Ron Smith, a horticulturist for the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Clematis, although sometimes difficult to grow, flourishes with the right conditions: six or more hours of full sun per day, fertile soil and soil with a neutral pH (7.0). Use a soil test to determine the pH of your soil before transplanting. If necessary, amend the soil with compost, sulfur, lime or other appropriate amendments to bring the soil to the proper pH level.

Moderately Easy


things you’ll need:
  • Shovel
  • Compost
    1. Dig a hole in the area with a shovel where you will plant the clematis. Dig the hole 2 feet deep.
    2. Shovel a 6-inch layer of compost into the bottom of the hole. Mix the compost into the existing soil with a shovel or rake.
    3. Prune the top 12 inches of the clematis with a pair of sharp, clean garden shears.
    4. Push the shovel into the ground 12 inches away from the clematis. Dig around the clematis, moving in a circle. Dig to a depth of 1 foot until the clematis begins to lift from the ground. Clematis can grow as deep as 4 feet. The first foot of the root ball is sufficient to transplant.
    5. Set the clematis transplant in the pre-dug hole. Plant an inch deeper than previously planted, advises George Weigel, a horticulturist and columnist for PennLive.com. Pack the soil around the roots of the plant and up to its base.
    6. Water the clematis daily, until the soil around it appears moist.

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