The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Autumn Flowering Clematis

Question: How and when can you plant an Autumn flowering clematis that has been in the same spot for several years. It is a prolific bloomer but is in a frequently used doorway and must be moved to another location.

Answer: Clematis are said to be difficult to transplant but if it must be moved then it is worth a try in veyr early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Trim it back very short (this clematis should be trimmed back each spring anyway to maximize the blooming) and dig it up with as large a rootball as possible. Replant it immediately at the same depth it grew before and water it in well. Apply a summer mulch and keep the soil moist yet not soggy. Treat it as you would any newly planted plant and allow it several years to become reestablished. Good luck with the transplant!

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