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Aggie86
Sep 16, 2017 12:28 PM CST
I am moving late November, I have two Sentimental plants outside that I will greatly miss, a miniture Rose bush and a clematis. I am looking for advice as to whether either could potentially be brought along. My concern is that I live in Ontario Canada and cannot predict what the weather will be like by then. Could either be wintered indoors until spring if immediate planting is not possible? Thanks for any help!
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greene
Sep 16, 2017 12:32 PM CST
For 20 years I lived and created gardens in a small mobile home lot. When I moved in December I made an agreement with the new owner that I would be allowed to return at the proper time to either dig up the plants or to take cuttings. Perhaps you can make a similar agreement with the new owner of your place?
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Shadegardener
Sep 16, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Aggie - you could try digging them up now and put them in pots. Leave them outdoors so that they go through the stages to dormancy. As soon as you get to the new place, dig holes and put the pots in the ground until spring. Make sure the pots are big enough to comfortably hold the roots along with some soil that they've been growing in, disturbing the roots as little as possible. Keep watering those pots until you get a freeze, regardless of where they are.
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 16, 2017 3:27 PM CST
I absolutely agree with Cindy's suggestion. Pot them up and prune them a bit now to make them manageable. Use as large a pot as you can to take a big root ball along.

If it's too frozen to dig the pots into the ground (or plant the plants) once you get to your new home, you can dig as much as possible then just bury the pots in deep mulch around and over the pots so that they don't freeze and thaw during the winter. Don't place them on the south side of the house where the winter sun could warm them up too soon. Plant as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. They should be fine.
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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Sep 16, 2017 5:25 PM CST
I don't think I would prune them in warm weather. Pruning stimulates new growth which could be susceptible to freezes if the new growth doesn't have time to harden off. Wait until the dead of winter or in very early spring. If you have to prune to move them, do as little as possible. For some of us, first frost/freeze could come in as little as 6 weeks.
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Aggie86
Sep 21, 2017 9:13 AM CST
Thank you all for your help! Greene, Id love to be able to return in the spring to retrieve my plants but sadly thats not an option, Thank you for your reply though.
Both plants are now potted but still outside, the rose bush is only 2 years old so I was very lucky to be able to get nearly all the roots. My clematis is very established on a chainlink fence so I unfortunately had to cut it right back but was able to dig a very very large root ball.
Wish me Luck! And Thanks again everyone!

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