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poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


May 17, 2001
1:17 PM

Post #4963

How hard will it be to move an established clematis? I'm not sure what kind - it has large purple flowers. I've had this one in the same spot undisturbed for at least 5 years. I'm redoing the bed and need to find a new home for it. Will it survive a move Ok?
Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2001
2:36 PM

Post #75182

Hi PoppySue,
I move two last year - switched places because I did it wrong the first time and it took me 4 years to figure out what to do about it. I cut them back to about 1 1/2 feet, dug very deep to get as much root as possible, planted them that deep again, watered well and often the first 2 months and put about 8 inches of chipped bark mulch over the root area. They did both bloom sporadically last year and this year they are coming back with great enthusiasm.

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