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It's got to go!

Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,200
edited May 2019 in Plants
I've got to dig up my lovely clematis 'Blue Ice' by Tuesday because the fence chap is actually starting work at last. He's going to replace the corroded concrete spur (which is why I planted the clematis in front of it originally). I'm steeling myself to cut it down to a couple of inches before I dig it up in the hope that I can get enough root out for it to survive - what are my chances do you think? 
North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone


  • B3B3 Posts: 25,296
    I dug a big clematis out. Watered it first. Got as big a root ball as i could and stuck it in a binbag. When the post was in, I dug a hole, put some fertiliser and a bucket of water in the hole and replaced the clematis. I don't think it even noticed!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,200
    That's so encouraging to hear @B3. I'm planning to plant it in a better location - if I can find a space for it.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,178
    It's tiny.  Soak the roots an hour in advance and then dig out as much root as you can with a decent spade and then either plant it in a new place or put it in a 60cm pot with good compost below and around and bury it a bit deeper too.  Water well, keep it out of full sun till it's over the trauma and then enjoy.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,769
    I don't think you even need to cut it down if you do as B3 and Obelixx advise.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,200
    edited May 2019
    You wouldn't think it was at least 6 or 7 years old, would you? it's always struggled - my fault, right plant, wrong place - I wanted to see something at my eye level from the kitchen window. Under the fence there's a 4 ft wall/drop on the other side. Thanks for all the advice folks. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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