My Multi Blue Clematis is not multi!

matthiola(5a)May 31, 2010

I have this clematis for about 4 years. It's doing ok and growing stronger every year except I was never able to see any double blooms on it.

This last winter was very mild in our region and so a lot of stems remained in tact. I pruned it to about 3 feet.

It took off very nicely but guess what, only single blooms.

Is there anything special I need to do in order to make it bloom double? Please help.

Anna

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janetpetiole(4b)

You don't have Multi Blue. Multi Blue can revert back to one of it's parents - The President.

Does it look like this?

Here is a link that might be useful: The President

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 6:52PM
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matthiola(5a)

Thanks Janet, I think this is exactly what happened here.
When I bought it as a young plant it had a puny little flower that was double. After that the blooms were only single and yes you are right they look exactly like those of The President. I thought that it was because the stems were killed to the ground during the cold winters.
But this year a big part of the stems survived so it's not the cause. I didn't know they can revert but it doesn't surprise me.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 8:13PM
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janetpetiole(4b)

The reverting seemed strange to me when I first heard of it. After all, these are clematis, not hosta. lol

As long as we are on the subject, did you know there are also at least 2 types of Multi Blue? I accidentally ended up with both. I'll take pictures.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 8:30PM
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janetpetiole(4b)

Both plants are considered Multi Blue. The colors are not showing accurate.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 9:04PM
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mehearty(So ME z5a)

I didn't know they could revert either. Interesting!

Mine is still multi-blue, right?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 9:47PM
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matthiola(5a)

This is what my Multi Blue looks like. Well apparently not Multi Blue anymore ;-)
By the way I have to find out how to post pictures here.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Multi Blue

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 10:15PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Looks just like The President.

Mine looks like this:

It is always double. I cannot remember single blooms even after hard pruning.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 1:05AM
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swontgirl_z5a(5a)

Here is mine. It's a good performer but I don't like the flowers as well as some posted here.

Debbie

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 6:09AM
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janetpetiole(4b)

Mattholia, to post a photo: use the html option instead of the URL option. If you copied the code right, your photo should show up in preview message.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 7:10AM
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matthiola(5a)

Last year I was thinking to replace it with Jackmanii, but I feel sorry for the poor thing.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 1:28PM
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janetpetiole(4b)

I actually like The President. My plant is very reliable and the blooms last a long time. The color blends nicely with lighter colored blues or purples, IMO.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 1:46PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I like it too.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 6:15PM
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opheliathornvt zone 5

Well, phooey, I guess I have two plants of The President, instead of one of each. Good thing I like it OK. Is there any chance it will re-revert?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 9:41AM
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lizbeth-gardener

Buyorsell888: love your clematis. is the color a purple? If so, where did you purchase?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 11:22PM
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