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Potting medium for clematis

Posted by ckrieger 5b (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 9, 08 at 14:21

I have been reading this forum all summer and have gleaned a lot of wonderful knowledge. I do have a question that I cannot find the answer to though. I will be placing 2 clematis' in pot this fall and plan to overwinter them in the garage. My question is what type of potting medium should I use in the pots? All I can find is potting soil with fetilizer that lasts 3 months such as Miracle Grow. Is this all right to use? Thank you for any advice.

Carey


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RE: Potting medium for clematis

If the plants are dormant, then the fertilizer shouldn't cause any issues. Miracle Grow or Scotts potting medias all have fertilizer and that is what I have used when potting up clematis to overwinter in their pots. Just leave the pots outside until the plants are dormant due to them having several frosts. Once that happens and the temps. start staying consistently cold, move the pots into the garage assuming it is not heated. An ideal temp range is so that the pots don't freeze but stay around 35 to 40 degrees. Luckily for me, I have had success just allowing the pots to sit on the ground outside over the winter. Another option is to bury the pots in holes in the ground.


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