I have potted “starts” from my clematis. If they take root, what is my next step? Should I plant them in the yard, in full sun? Or should I plant them in a protected spot till next spring?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hi, Thomas: Plant the rooted cuttings directly in the ground. This will give them plenty of time to get established before the cold weather returns. Choose a space where they will have a structure to climb and where they will receive 6 hours of full sun. The roots will appreciate some shade. Annuals, groundcovers and lower growing plants will help keep the roots cool. Planting the crown about 4 inches deep will also help keep the roots cool and encourage underground development. The soil should be consistently moist but well-drained. Add a 2-3 inch layer of mulch to help retain moisture and winter protection. Just like any other new addition to the garden, additional moisture will be needed during the first year. I should mention that some plants are patented and asexual reproduction is not permitted without permission from the patent holder.
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