Can I Move a Couple of Clematis Now?

LindaMA(MA z5)April 27, 2009

I have 3 Clematis' up against a fence in my yard where they are now standing in water most of the time. I'm suprised that they're even growing but they are as of right now.

Due to the horrific Ice Storm we had in Western MA this past December, two very large trees had to be taken out on that side of my house and now the french drain that comes out of my basement is pointing right are two of them. I would like to transplant them to someplace they'll be safer but not sure if I should do that now. It's sort of a catch 22, or damned if I do and damned if I don't.

I love these Clems, they bloomed so nicely last year and it was only their second year. They are Bonanza, Galore and Abundance. Abundance is the one that's in the most trouble, it's right in the line of fire, so to speak!

Any help is greatly appreciated. I'd hate to wait until the fall, when they might not make it through the summer.

Many thanks!


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I would move them ASAP. They will much faster die of standing water than be killed by a storm. Even if the vines will be killed, new shoots will appear from the crown in no time. All of your Clematis are group III, so they will bloom on new wood anyway.
Make sure that the crowns are at least 2-4" below the ground surface.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 11:15AM
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LindaMA(MA z5)

Thanks Alina, for some reason I didn't think it was good to transplant until the fall but I don't want to wait and loose them, so I will move them first chance I get!


    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 11:47AM
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They will be just fine. Make sure that the planting holes are well drained and will not collect water so the plant get waterlogged. I plant a lot of my Clematis now. Transplanting should be even easier. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 2:28PM
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