Clematis-planting Now - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA
Question by corbsmit
October 9, 2000
I BROUGHT A CLEMATIS BACK FROM THE MOUNTAINS, BECAUSE THE DEER WERE EATING IT. I HAVE IT GROWING VERY WELL IN A BUCKET WITH MIRCALE GRO SOIL. CAN I PLANT IT IN THE GROUND NOW--WE HAD A LIGHT FROST THE NITE OF 10/8/00? IF I CANNOT PLANT IT NOW WHAT DO I DO WITH IT OVER THE WINTER? THANK YOU.


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Answer from NGA
October 9, 2000

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In my experience, the plant would have a better chance of survival if planted in the ground than if left in a bucket. Despite the frost, the soil is still relatively warm and so the roots should be able to grow even while the top part of the plant has stopped growing for the season. Be sure to apply several inches of mulch over the root zone and take care to keep the soil evenly moist in the coming growing season to help the plant reestablish itself.

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