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Q.Clematis Roots

Zone Zone 5-B | Anonymous added on April 12, 2021 | Answered

I have some Clematis’s that I HAD TO dig out to move them. The roots are EXTREMELY LONG. 1&1/2 feet long or better. Can I shorten the roots up before replanting?? For now, I put both of them temporarily into large pots w/ soil completely covering the roots. And I watered them in. Must I leave those roots SOOOO long?? I’d have to dig a pretty darn deep area, in order to replant them into the new location this way. Please let me know if it’s safe to give those roots a “hair cut”. Thank You!!!

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Answered on April 14, 2021

According to the article below, clematis don't like to have their roots disturbed. Here is more:


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