moving a clematis - Knowledgebase Question

Waterford, Mi
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Question by shevanb88
May 4, 2010
We are filling in a trouble area with cement and I have a beautiful clematis growing against the house and a trellis. It needs to be moved while in bloom. am I going to lose it? do you have any tips? I have lilies shading the roots right now. I know that helps them grow. thank you in advance.

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2010
I'm afraid that if you disturb the roots of the clematis now, it will stop blooming. At least until it re-established itself. It's a good thing to have lilies growing at the base of your clematis to help shade the roots. Clematis like their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade. There's not much you can do to lessen transplant shock if you move your clematis at this time of year. Just get it back into the ground asap and water it well after replanting. Best wishes with the move!

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