overwintering a young clematis?

Kristixx(5/MI)October 12, 2005

My daughter potted a clematis in early July for her apartment deck. It "died" back, but recovered with new shoots. Now that it is time for frost, should she bring this plant in for winter? It is still quite small, and I've offered to plant it at my home in an area I've had luck with my own clematis.

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pam_aa(z5 Berwyn Il.)

I think I would do what you are suggesting, it would be the safest plan. I don't think Clematis do well inside, it might need a rest.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 12:48AM
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goodhors(z5 MI)

You might change it up to a slightly larger pot, then plant the whole thing into the ground. I have had good luck with putting potted plants in the ground then lifting them out come spring. Sometimes the place I want is not ready, or I run out of time, weather goes bad. Get the fall sales stuff so cheap I can't resist buying too much! This way is easy to over winter them. I fill the pot to the brim with dirt, level pot edge into the ground, so water doesn't pool up on the top. The larger pot will allow root growth over winter if ground is not frozen. I would cover it with a large pile of leaves to protect the crown on a special baby clematis.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 8:18PM
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Kristixx(5/MI)

Thanx, Pam and Goodhors. I planted the clematis in a larger pot, put it in the soil, and leveled the top as suggested. Now that it is May, the little clematis has sprung back healthy and growing with gusto. Soon, I will return it to my daughter. She will be pleased to see it now.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2006 at 2:05PM
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