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Clematis in Containers

By canadanna
June 7, 2015

Despite my Canadian avatar, I live in Texas, so I can’t speak from practical experience about growing clematises in containers in the North. It is possible, however, to grow a clematis in a pot in a hot zone, and likely not that different in my native land.

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Jun 6, 2015 7:38 PM CST
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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Anna I have had good success as well growing a clematis in a large container here in Tucson. Enjoyed reading about your experience and advise on doing this. Thumbs up I used a thick layer of wood chips on top of the potting soil in my container and it definitely seemed to make the plant do better. Big Grin
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Jun 6, 2015 7:49 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
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My Little Bas did very well in a large container until the winter of 2013/2014. It was a really bad winter, and the container was well-covered with about 6' of snow (which should have protected it) but it never came back after that. I haven't tried any others since, so this may have been a onetime deal. I can't profess to know what killed it after just one trial, but I am hesitant to try container growing again in this climate.
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Jun 7, 2015 6:18 AM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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I have lost a few in the ground and in containers, but i would say less than 10%. I remember when I lived in Canada, we would wrap our shrubs and trees for winter,,,I guess you could insulate a pot. How big was the pot you used and was it the thermal kind?
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Jun 7, 2015 6:19 AM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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Thankyou all for the acorns and thumbs!!!!
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Jun 7, 2015 8:40 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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I'm in the same zone as Chelle and I had the same experience. Not once, but three times. Three different varieties, three different (large) containers, same result. Two of them survived their first winter, but didn't make it through the next one.
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Jun 7, 2015 10:33 AM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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Those odds are too high. I wouldn't do containers if I lived in your zone
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Jun 7, 2015 10:49 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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But the ones in the ground do fine. I wonder how one in a container would fare if it were brought in for the winter? Hmmm, I may have to try that on my NEXT attempt (sigh) at growing a Florida Sieboldii. Hilarious!
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Jun 7, 2015 4:48 PM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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Power to you! I have to tried to grow that 2 x in the ground and lost it. Crying Yet Lovemyhouse who lives not too far and one of my other local friends grows it and it looks gorgeous in both gardens. I tip my hat to you.
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Jun 7, 2015 6:09 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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Ha! Glad to know it's not just me! Hilarious! Next time for sure! nodding
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Jun 8, 2015 6:34 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
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canadanna said:... How big was the pot you used and was it the thermal kind?


Not thermal; just heavy, embossed plastic. I'm guessing maybe ten gallons? 30" wide by 32" deep...too heavy to move when full and moist at any rate.
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