Clematis forum: Moving clematis

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Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
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MShadow
Jun 22, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Hi everyone. I have a perennial garden that is fenced in and am going to move the fence back about 4 feet all the way around. The problem is that I have clematis growing on 3 sides of the fence. Anyone know what would be the best way to do this? I can gently take them off the old fence, but I want to move them to the new fence. Should I wait until the fall? Should I cut them down to the ground? I have never moved one before so I really don't know how to do this. Any advice would be appreciated.
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
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TwinLakesChef
Jun 26, 2010 6:13 AM CST
I was forced to move mine in the middle of summer due to some digging the electrician had to do. This was a couple of years ago and they are doing fine.

I didn't know what I was doing . . . just dug as big a clump as I could and kept them watered.
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Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Peonies Region: Michigan
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder
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MShadow
Jun 26, 2010 10:02 AM CST
Thanks for replying! When no one replied, I did a lot of googling and I found the link below from a post on DG.

http://hummingbirdfarm.net/transplanting_clematis.htm

Thanks again. :)
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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TwinLakesChef
Jun 26, 2010 11:47 AM CST
That's pretty much how I did it except for the glass of wine Whistling the first year it didn't do much but it came back fine and now you can't tell the difference. I have never used any fertilizer on clematis but suppose I should.
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Name: Sandi
Wyoming (Zone 3b)
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skellogg
Jul 28, 2010 2:18 PM CST
Thanks Ladies! I just found a clem growing in our yard! Had no clue it was there, and almost yanked it out! We've been here over 4 years, and have never seen it until now! I know it was planted on purpose, from the rock border around it, so not left by a bird or anything, teeheehee! I hope it blooms this summer, as I am really anxious now to see if I can ID it! And now I know when and how to move it!

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