Sweet Autumn clematis slow to start?

kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)June 7, 2010

I planted a SAC last fall (Sept I believe) and for a month it did well and got pretty bushy and grew about 2 to 3 ft in that month or two before winter started setting in. Now, this spring it started growing, I pruned down to 6 inches in March, and now it's June and in those two months it's only a ft tall! Is it normal for the growth to be late getting going? What would make it stunted? It's just sitting there doing nothing from what I can see anyways. In late spring and summer it gets about 6 or more hours of sun a day from 1 pm on to dusk. It is planted about 3 ft from a hedgeline of mine. I do keep it watered well also.

I used Mills Magic Mix on it once when I pruned and now just this week.

When should I be expecting it to start that tall growth that everyone talks about? Or is mine a dud? lol

Thanks all,


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It can take a bit to get established, but when it does, look out. My guess is your plant is working on growing its eventual very dense root system.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 10:01AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

All Clematis are slow to get established. They sleep, creep and leap.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 10:57AM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

OK, thanks to both of you. I don't know why I should expect any different just because it's a SAC! lol SAC or not, it still follows those rules I guess :)


    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 11:22AM
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