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Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

To repot or not repot that is the question??

Not knowing a lot about Clematis I put it in a nice stone pot when it was tiny, it has grown quite considerably in a month and I have since read that they like a nice big pot and lots of room and water, so think I may have made a mistake!

Am I too late to repot it for this year now or should I just do it, I'm worried if I don't repot it may not be happy and may not flower, but worry the same if I do repot it??

Over to the experts.........

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,177

    I'd repot now image

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  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I had a feeling you might be first Dove image Thank you.....off for a new pot I go then and try to avoid looking at any plants image

  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 291

    Any reason in particular why your clematis is not going to live happily in a border and cover a sad-looking fence or blank wall?  As long as she has her head in the sun and her roots in the shade, she'll grow for ever and provide more pleasure than sitting in a pot (but if you do put her in a pot, don't forget to top the soil with grit/slate).

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Where I have out her lydiaann is in front of what used to be the outside toilet and will cover the blank wall and sad ugly drainpipe.  I don't really have enough space in the border where the fence is as I have other climbers there (annuals and a rose) and also fruit trees so you wouldn't benefit from seeing it properly, which is why I put it in a pot.

    I will try and post a pic.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

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     This is the Clematis as it is now with the pansies image

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555

    Buy a pot 4 times as big and use best quality compost and feed it every spring.   Don't let it dry out and if hard frosts are forecast in winter wrap the pot in bubble wrap to give it some insulation.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Fab, thank you Obelixx.  I do have a very big pot but it is only pretend terracotta image I will have a trip to the reuse but at the local recycling centre at weekend and see if I can pick up anything better, if not I don't think budget can stretch to a proper terracotta pot at the moment.  Oh well, I will put smaller ones in front of it to hide the plastic LOL!

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555

    Pretend terracotta is fine.  I have a Silver Moon in one.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I have a Christmas Tree in one at the moment but it's at the top of the garden.  I've never seen any willow growing round here image It will be fine, I'll sort it.  I might go and do it right now, will compost at the bottom be ok, I got some from tip last week and have some left I bought so could put that at the top.

    Also, feeing it, what am it best using? FBF or something else?

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555

    Fish blood and bone will do fine mixed in with the compost and some potting compost such as John innes no 3 if you have some or else some good garden soil.   Don't just use the council compost as it won't have enough nutrients.  If pennies allow, there are proprietary clematis foods available now.- which release their goodies slowly ovet the season.

    A quick tonic to get things going is an occasional liquid feed of rose or tomato fertiliser which are both very good for flowering plants.   Don't expect too much of your clematis this year.  It needs to devote a lot of energy to making itself a decent root system to sustain production of stems and flowers in future years. so may just produce foliage and not so many flowers this year.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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