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Clematis -pot or plant?

B3B3 Posts: 27,305
Should I pot this on into a long Tom until next  year or plant it out this year?

Star  of  India from lidl 
In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    They're always better planted out in my opinion. 
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,534
    The one's I have had that size (Morrisons) have all been put straight into the ground.
    I think the roots can really spread out well.All the clematis I have planted out from long toms as more 'established' plants have perished.
    So straight into he ground!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,629
    ...agree with both above.... I got that from Aldi last year, smaller and half dead... I planted it out last March and it grew 6 foot the first year and flowered from top to bottom... a really lovely clematis..
    ...here's just a couple of the flowers..

    East Anglia, England
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,793
    I'd pot on and plant out later in the year, conditions depending. That's a very small specimen just now, and will have been very protected.

    I don't have suitable conditions for planting out at this time of year though. That would be annihilated before it got a chance to establish.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Your plant is very leggy and soft. It needs to be hardened off before planting out in open ground, also protected from slugs and snails. An unheated greenhouse or a sheltered corner outside where it is protected from wind and frost but plenty of light.Wait until May before planting out and again, protect from slugs.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,305
    It seems the consensus is to do both. I can do that!
    Thanks all😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3 said:
    It seems the consensus is to do both. I can do that!
    Thanks all😊
    Lol I think it depends on what your garden is like: if I planted something that dinky and tender in ours, it would be gobbled in minutes! I bought a few similar-sized clem slips from Morrisons last year, all bar one has survived but I'm not going to risk planting any of them out until later in the year.
    Are these in lidl now? Much variety? There's precious little else to buy after all!
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,305
    I bought it a few weeks ago.it was much smaller than the others and had a few dead bits but it was the only one I fancied.  It's grown well in the unheated porch but needs to get out into proper daylight.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,534
    They are also so cheap you can probably take the loss!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,629
    Obviously one has to be vigilant but I find that slugs and snails are not that active at this time, until mid April... it's still a bit cold and I don't see too many... so planting a small clematis can work because it grows so quickly right now, it has a chance to get away from them a bit by gaining height...  I don't use deterrents..
    This is The Vagabond... also planted last March from a small 9cm pot like yours..
    I've given up on those 2 litre pots.. they just collapse on me after I plant them..


    East Anglia, England
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