5. I am here though to reassure those of you who are afraid of making a move because you still agree with that myth that since that time I have performed many moves on both well-established clematis as well as preemies without any traumatization or casualties. A trellis or support should be inserted into the ground before you transplant the clematis. Just as with plants in the ground, the most ideal time to perform this operation is while your clematis are dormant. Fill the hole with water (yes, all the way to the top) and leave it to drain while you dig the clematis. I would like to go one step further and proclaim that clematis roots are quite tough (i.e. 4. Have you mistakenly assumed a corner of your garden had plenty of sunlight for growing clematis only to find it was more like a dungeon? 2. Transfer it to its new home, planting the clematis 3 to 5 inches deeper than previously to encourage new growth from the root system. If you've planted clematis during the dormant season, post-care will be a simple task. 2. Provide additional water only during dry spells to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Transfer the plant to its new home. 5. Clematis can be transplanted from late fall to early spring before new growth emerges, according to Ohio State University. Once the new planting hole is dug, you can remove the clematis from its old location, taking care to get as much of the root system as possible. Help preserve the roots by trying to dig out as much of the rootball as possible. Place it next to the clematis you are about to transplant. The best time to transplant a clematis is when it is dormant because it is asleep, thus causing less stress on its root system. Choose a sunny area, since in most cases, clematis needs six to eight hours of sunlight daily to perform well, according to the University of California Master Gardeners program. If practical, plant the clematis 3 to 5 inches deeper than previously to encourage new growth from the root system. 3. Rootbound roots, meaning those wrapping around that form a ball, MUST be teased out, so rake your fingers gently through the roots to loosen them. 1. Dormant plants almost always respond better to transplanting than those that are actively growing. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you might like to know that a when your clematis is dormant is the best times of year to transplant and/or repot your clematis. In fact, many of the hybrids planted today were developed then. After transplanting, water completely with a solution of seaweed extract. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. Clematis should be repotted every 2 to 3 years for best results. Interest waned for many years, but modern gardeners have rediscovered this versatile, beautiful plant, and it is now one of the most popular flowering perennials. These plants can then be transplanted to different areas of the garden to spread beauty elsewhere. There are several benefits to transplanting during cool weather when the plant is dormant. Clematis is adapted to a wide range of growing conditions and thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. Make sure it’s wide and deep enough to accommodate all the roots you can get. Go get your big wheelbarrow - or borrow the neighbor's. Water your dormant clematis thoroughly a day before you intend to repot it. Prior to transplanting a clematis, it should be cut back to 12 inches above the ground. You might also plant shallow-rooted plants around the base of the clematis to shade its roots. Fortunately, clematis transplants well most of the year. Newly transplanted clematis need adequate moisture to reestablish its root system. Have your new hole ready prior to the excavation by preparing the new planting site as you would for a new plant. 7. Water your dormant clematis thoroughly a day before you intend to repot it. 9. The ideal weather to transplant is when it is cool and overcast. Dark red and purple flowering varieties, especially, benefit from some shade because their flowers fade easily in harsh sunlight. Because clematis needs cool roots, a 2-inch layer of wood chip mulch should be applied. 6. Have you ever had one of your clematis overtake an area in your yard? In very hot regions, though, clematis benefits from partial afternoon shade. Submitted by Edith on Sat, 01/05/2013 - 10:56. 1. If there has been any significant loss of roots, prune back the uppermost stems by half. Have some of your clematis outgrow their containers? I also know plenty of fellow clematis gardeners who have thrown this cautionary tale to the wind with no dire results. resilient). The clematis needs at least 2 gallons of water immediately after planting. 4. Clematis, like most plants, is best transplanted on cool, overcast days, in fall to early spring. 8. Remove your clematis from its old container/location. Some, such as Princess Diana (Clematis 'Princess Diana') and Viola (Clematis 'Viola') are hardy to USDA zone 11. In fact, transplanting a clematis once it breaks dormancy in the spring increases your risk of killing the plant. Clematis, like most plants, is best transplanted on cool, overcast days, in fall to early spring. The exception of course would be if you happen to live in a colder locale and the ground has already frozen. Clematis is slow to become established during the first year or two. During this time, frequent rains keep the soil moist. When dividing clematis plants, it is important to know what species the clematis is. Note: If you are transplanting from the ground to a container, gently remove as much of the soil from the rootball before drenching the roots with the Physan 20 solution and making the move. 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