Rate of Growth

harryshoe zone6 eastern PennsylvaniaMay 14, 2007

Though only in year 2, my Betty Corning clematis is growing so fast that I was doubting what I was seeing. I used marks on my trellis to see how fast she was going. She grew 18" in one week.

How long will this rate continue?

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carolfm(z7upstate SC)

Hi Harry,

I bought Betty Corning last spring, planted it last fall, cut it back to the ground this spring and it has already covered a 6 foot trellis. She's scaring me. Crispa is doing the same.

Carol

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 5:04PM
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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

Each year she'll get bigger and grow faster..LOL..she'll continue this growth and then start blooming...Jeanne

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 5:10PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

I do see a few buds forming on the tallest vines. At the same time there are more new growth tips forming at the leaf axis. The new tips are now starting to grow quickly.

Will this growth continue all season? My arbor is 7' tall and 4x4 at the base. BC has now reached 5'. Should I begin training the vines laterally or just let them grow naturally?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 7:16AM
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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

Harry..just let her do her thing and sit back and enjoy what's about to happen..her beautiful blooms..remember "Betty Corning" is a pruning group 3 and you'll be hard pruning her again next year..did you read up about her on COTW? She can easily grow 6-9 feet tall..you can help train her vines sideways if you want..I hope you will share pics when she is in full bloom!!..Jeanne

Here is a link that might be useful: Clematis

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 9:53AM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Harry trying to keep up with training a clematis as vigorous as Betty Corning would be a daunting task. You can do it if you have the time but I personally would let her do her own thing and drape back down as she would do in nature without man's intervention.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 12:30PM
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carolfm(z7upstate SC)

Harry, I am letting mine do her own thing and she has draped herself on the trellis beautifully. I haven't helped her at all. She is covered with blooms now and a sight to behold!

Carol

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 12:46PM
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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

I'm with Miguel..just let her do her thang!!..Lucky you!!..Jeanne

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 12:55PM
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marcia_il(5a)

Here's my Betty from 2005. She's one of my favorites. You can imagine how big she is now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Betty Corning 2005

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 8:15PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Great picture of BC there Marcia!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2007 at 1:31AM
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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

Oh WOW Marcia..she is splendid...LOL..Did Harry fall outta his chair when he saw that pic?..Tee hee..Jeanne

    Bookmark   May 16, 2007 at 8:20AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Yes Jeanne....I think I'm gonna need a bigger arbor (said in same tone used by the sheriff in Jaws).

I'm starting to think my Westerland rose, sharing the same arbor, is going to be MIA.

Spectacular picture Marcia. At first I'm thinking those blooms are just little tiny things like honesuckle. Then I realize they are 3+ inches each and know what you have created. "Its Alive!"

    Bookmark   May 16, 2007 at 10:41AM
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carolfm(z7upstate SC)

Marcia, that is a gorgeous sight! Wow.

Carol

    Bookmark   May 17, 2007 at 8:50AM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

That's astounding! All mine are babies, and that's okay, I like to watch my plants grow, but now I suspect I might not have allowed enough room for some of them. I wonder if a 14 x 10 ft deck is big enough for 8 clematis??? It is about 4 ft off the ground. I have 3 roses along the longest section of deck and they are 2 rugoses and a climber- so they are not small- and they grow a lot faster than clematis! But, I don't mean to change the subject.
I can't imagine any of mine being that big! Brandy

    Bookmark   May 17, 2007 at 8:25PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

If the deck is 4 feet off the ground, that means the clematis have the 4 feet plus the height of the railing and then down the inside lenght of the railing before they would be on the floor of the deck. As for the overall length of the deck (14feet), that should be long enough for the 8 clematis but then again, I believe in cramming as many as close together as possible.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2007 at 1:41AM
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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

"I believe in cramming as many as close together as possible."
I do love the way you think Miguel..LOL..Jeanne

    Bookmark   May 18, 2007 at 11:11AM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Too funny Jeanne!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2007 at 12:19PM
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