Some clematis STILL have no sign of growth!!
I went 'Clematis Crazy' in 2012. I'd had a Jackmani since 1981, added Henryii in 2010, Will Goodwin in 2011 and then in 2012, added 40 more varieties! Most did well in 2012, pathetic (as I expected) but stayed alive. Same in 2013, when I added a few more. Have 47 now. Then the winter of 2013 - 14. So much cold here in Western NY, then thaws, then rain, then below zero, then another thaw and lots and lots of rain in April and May. Very, very wet around some of the clems, but it did eventually dry out. I had 6 that had no sign of growth while the others grew and grew and grew. 2 finally did sprout. Dr. Ruppell is still only 1" tall, but alive. 4 have still showed no signs of growth, but the roots, when gently removing some soil and checking, still seem viable. I have read that clems can survive a year with no growth, only to spring back to life the following year. Has anyone had experience like this? I just love my clems and boy oh boy, am I learning a lot from and about them!