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Yes, you can! Even in the Frozen North, it is possible to grow clematis in containers, as long as you pay attention to a few important things. When you come right down to it, we grow Betty Corning, one of our largest clematis, in a container of sorts. And with the ever increasing number of clematis that are bred for container use, the options are nearly limitless. Follow these four steps and enjoy your container clematis!
1. Choosing the container
There are two important considerations in selecting a container for your clematis. The first is the size. "Standard" recommendations call for containers for small clematis that are a minimum of 18 inches in diameter. (Small clematis are 6 feet tall or less.) Here in the Frozen North, we think 24 inches should be the minimum. If your container is less than that, we recommend extra protection in the winter. (See "mulching", below.) And, of course, the larger the clematis is, the larger the container should be!