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Knoxville, TN
Sep 30, 2017 7:56 AM CST
We have recently moved from south Florida to east Tennessee. After cleaning up from the recent hurricane in FL, my husband brought back to TN the root ball of a clematis that the hurricane had displaced, hoping we could plant it here. we don't have a yard yet, so it is in a pot on the porch in our temporary home. How can I give it the best chance of being alive to be planted in the spring?
Name: Trish
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Sep 30, 2017 8:50 AM CST
Remove any damage to the roots before potting into a loam-based compost. Keep watering to a bare minimum. Not sure what the winter weather is like in TN, but if you are liable to be affected with low temperatures, lift the pot off the ground (by about 2") so any excess water can drain out freely. If frost, ice, snow are a threat, put bubble wrap around the pot to prevent any damage to it and to protect the plant roots a bit. Also a mulch, of fern leaves across the top of the plant will help reduce frost penetrating deep into the rootball.
In Spring check for new growth, fingers crossed your will have a lovely clematis next year. Good luck.
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