MOVING AN OLD CLEMATIS VINE
I have a huge, and obviously very old, clematis
that has grown up the side of my house.
The woody trunk is about 3 inches in diameter. I would like to move this magnificent plant
to a new location.
What's the best way to move it? What time of year should I do it? How much of it should I cut back before
moving it? What else do I need to know to ensure that the plant flourishes once
relocated? Many thanks for any advice
you can offer.
The best way to get clematis in a new area is to purchase one. Moving such an old vine will be very
Instead of trying to move such an old clematis
right away, I suggest taking cuttings from an area that hardens off this
summer. This will give you backups of
the vine if it doesn't survive the trauma.
There is a very good chance it will not survive a move.
Take a piece of vine that is either this spring’s
growth or later in the summer, growth that has stiffened a little. Cut the vine
into pieces with two strong buds at the top and two buds at the bottom. The buds are just above the leaves on the
stem. Don't use spindly, wimpy end
growth. A long piece of vine should give
you several cuttings with buds at each end.
On each cutting, cut off all but one of the leaves
at the top, and trim that leaf by cutting it in half. Make sure you do not injure the growth buds.
Dip the bottom end in a rooting hormone and pot it
into a small, 4 in, sterilized pot filled with sterilized potting mix. Remove the bottom leaves. Plant the cutting with the bottom leaf nodes
and buds below ground. Water it well.
Cover it with a mason jar or a plastic domed lid. Make sure the cover does not touch the leaves
or vine. Set it in the shade in your
garden. After 8 weeks, gently tug on the
stem to see if it has rooted. If it has,
move it into a larger pot. Plant it out
in the garden the following spring.
Be sure to read the article, PROPAGATION-AIR
LAYERING, at the GardenSMART ARTICLES
To move your large clematis vine, look for suckers
with roots, young growth that you can detach from the main vine. Cut through the connecting tissue, dig, and
move these in the late winter/early spring.
After you have as many backup vines as you can
get, only then cut the vine back to just above its last set of leaves (two sets
would be better) but no shorter than 24 inches above ground.
Dig your main vine with as much of the root ball
as you can get. Plant it in your new
area at the same depth it was growing.
Be careful not to injure any shoots that might be below ground.
Keep the newly planted old vine well watered every
day. Even then, the move will most
likely not be successful. If it is, it
will take several years to begin vigorous growth.