Something ate my H. F. Young

jacquierz5bmiJune 2, 2009

I bought an H. F. Young clematis last year at Walmart that I have been pinching back so it will branch out more. I went out to look at it today and couldn't find it. I finally found some little 3" leafless branches sticking out of the ground. Probably the rabbits got it because it is planted between a trellis and a shed. I have two questions. Will this recover from such a severe pruning this late in the spring or should I just dig it out?

Do any of you have problems with deer or rabbits snacking on your clematis and what do you do to protect when they are young? I have two others which I just planted this year. Niobe and Bees Jubilee.

Thank you very much for any advice and help.


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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

It should recover. Pruning helps Clematis, it doesn't hurt them.

I have had slugs and earwigs eat them to almost nothing like that. No deer or rabbits possible at my house.

Perhaps a chicken wire cage to protect them?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 2:04PM
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We bought dark green vinyl-coated chicken wire at Menards's. It's 2' high but DH cut it in half to 1' high & put it around the base of our clems in a circle, oval, or rectangle. Whatever shape you want based on available space, it's flexible.
The green blends in nicely with the foilage. We had used plain chicken wire (cheaper) but it rusted (& the ends scratched our hands more easily) so we switched to the vinyl coated wire and really like it.
Sorry about the rabbits...we battle them also.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 3:02PM
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Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions. I think until I get to the hardware store to buy some sort of wire - we live in the boonies - I am going out every night to cover them with large buckets. Between the bunnies and the deer, I'm constantly trying to think of things to outwit them.
thanks again,

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 4:48PM
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