Q. When is it safe to plant my new clematis outdoors?
Most clematis are quite hardy and can be planted out at any time. However, if your soil is very wet or waterlogged you may want to wait a while until it is dry and easy to dig. Digging in wet soil can damage the soil structure.
Unlike most plants, clematis like to have their root crown buried below soil level. Also, to encourage new growth, cut the clematis back to about 12 inches. Mulch around the plant and fertilize it regularly during the growing season with organic fertilizer and well-decayed manure. As they are vines, they will need a support to grow on.
Clematis can sometimes take a while to get established, so you may not get many blooms in the first growing season.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service