should I plant?
How should I plant?
- Ideally in the spring or autumn.
If summer-planting is undertaken, extra watering
will be vital as the plants are in full growth.
- Dig a large hole - at least twice
the width of the pot in which the plant is growing
and half as deep again.
- Add some well rotted organic
matter (compost, leaf mould, decayed manure etc)
to the very base of the planting hole.
- Water the plant in the container
thoroughly. Carefully remove the plant and its
cane support from the container and lower it
into position (avoiding unnecessary disturbance
to the root ball). Ensure that the surface of
the root ball is at least 3" (7.5cm) below the
level of the surrounding soil.
- When the plant is in position,
fill the area round the root ball with a mixture
which is equal parts soil and potting compost.
- Firm the soil/compost mixture
around the root ball and fill the remaining space
in the hole with soil. Firm the soil.
- Place some more of the organic
matter used in the bottom of the hole around
the base of the plant - but keeping it away from
the plant stem itself.
- Water the plant well and allow
the soil to settle. Top up with more soil if
- Scatter a few slug pellets around
the base of the plant to deter slugs and snails
from having a feast on the emerging young shoots.
Renew the pellets as and when necessary. (Take
appropriate precautions if you have pets.)
Adapted from BCS Fact Sheet No.
1 by Everett Leeds and Mary Toomey
- All newly-planted clematis must
be well watered during dry weather and, particularly,
during late spring and early summer. Plants will
benefit from an application of bonemeal around
the base when growth is vigorous. During the
first year newly-planted clematis need no rich
food, but water they must have by the