When do I move my clematis?
Q I have a clematis in my garden that I would like to move. When is the best time? Gosia Lyson (via email)
A Your plant looks healthy and vigorous, and worth keeping if you like it. If you would like to move it to another spot do so now, before it starts to grow rapidly in spring.
The best time to move a clematis is in late winter during a mild spell when the ground is not frozen.
Firstly, prepare the new planting position by digging in plenty of wellrotted organic matter and then dig a deep hole.
Next, cut back the top growth hard to about 45cm (18in) and dig out as much of the root ball as possible.
Plant your clematis a few inches deeper than before, as this will encourage new shoots to appear at the base. Then, firm the soil gently, water well and protect your plant from cold winds. For the first two years after transplanting ensure that the plant is well watered and apply an ample layer of mulch, such as well rotted garden compost or manure.
Move clematis in late winter