Clematis eaten over the winter

datura2005April 2, 2009

Hi, I am a new member,first post, just a browser in the past. My beautiful, 3 year old "Polish Spirit" clematis was eaten to the ground over the winter. Last year, it covered across three trellises, it was spectacular! I only prune down to 4 feet in the fall, and by this time of the year, I usually have buds appearing. When I went out to check it just a few weeks ago, I saw, to my dismay, that the entire plant was virtually shredded to the ground. I mean, it looked like clematis mulch! Does anyone know if it will come back after such severe 'pruning'? I don't know if it was a rabbit or mice, but, boy, they did a number on it! I can see the nub of a crown below the 'mulch', but no growth so far. I will be heartbroken if doesn't come back. Any ideas?

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Should be fine. Polish Spirit is a hard prune type III. Many cut theirs down to the ground every year on purpose.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 3:01AM
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You will get more runners from it now so clean it up and thank the little critters.
Bill 77 years gardening.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 5:33PM
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