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By Lynneg

United Kingdom Gb

Just wondering if a Clematis montana rubens would be ok grown in a large container.Ihave a rampant one on my decking which I have to be quite brutal with.I'd like the new one on my back fence behind which is a neighbours conifer hedge which obviously takes all the goodness from the soil.Any advice appreciated.



It would have to be a very big container otherwise it would need a humungous amount of watering.

5 Mar, 2012


As far as I'm concerned, the short answer is no - unless the container is the size of a water tank, its growth will be too restricted. This one wants to get at least 30 feet by 30 feet - choose a smaller clematis to keep in a tub, one of the hybrids maybe, such as The President.

5 Mar, 2012


Than you for advice. Should I plant in the ground considering the conifer hedge?

5 Mar, 2012


Unless the hedge is 50 feet high, so long as you plant at least 4 feet, and preferably 6, away from the base of the trunks, should be okay.

5 Mar, 2012


You will have to watch that it doesn't climb all over the conifer hedge though. they are very vigorous and only flower for a short time - have you thought about growing some smaller ones that would be OK in big containers?

5 Mar, 2012


I'm going to have a rethink! Many thanks.

5 Mar, 2012

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