Clem ID?

SpicyFries(Zone 5)July 1, 2011

I bought this clem on the discount rack at my local greenhouse at the end of the summer. It's tag said Dr. Ruppel. It died back to the groun after planting, but I was excited to see it came back this spring. It put out two buds, but as far as I can tell they don't look like Dr. Ruppel. Anyone have any thoughts?


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Ohhh my .... Its gorgeous!!! I too will be waiting to hear what her name is....

Faye in Nova Scotia

    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 6:06PM
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    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 8:56PM
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plantloverkat north Houston(zone 9a)


Here is a link that might be useful: Mikelite at Clematis on the Web

    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 12:38PM
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SpicyFries(Zone 5)

Thanks guys! I think it looks most like Mikelite, though I saw Niobe at the greenhouse that I bought this one at today, and they also look similar. Mostly I was looking for the correct pruning group. Looks like Niobe can be done as a 2 or a 3, and Mikelite as a 3, so I'll stick with 3 for now and see how that goes.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 8:17PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

You can't hurt them by pruning "wrong" . Don't worry about it.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 9:50PM
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Ament(5a SD)

I too have been concerned about pruning, I've gotten myself a Firecracker. It's all bunched up on this tiny bamboo trellis, I'm going to hard prune her after the single bloom on her is finished, it hasn't opened yet. I'll spread compost and allow her to winter over covered with straw. Hopefully she'll be alright and do very well for me next year. :)

~Tina Marie

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 12:07AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Ament, that will be fine. Most Clematis are hardy below zone 5 in the ground.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:33PM
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Ament(5a SD)

Thanks much Buyorsell888, I also noted in another post somewhere in all of this that someone planted their clem crown down further and tilted to 'shade' her toes. Did I need to do this, or will mine be alright? :(

I planted mine so that it gets the morning sun and part of the afternoon sun, but not the brutal afternoon sun out here. SD afternoons are absolutely brutal. I didn't want to scorch the poor gal. Once she grows up the deck, she'll get good light from the afternoon on her own then. :)

~Bright Blessings
Tina Marie

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 6:31PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

You do need to plant the crown deeper, three to four inches deeper than the nursery pot.

You do not need to worry about shading her toes. That is a myth that continues to persist....

Most Clematis are full sun plants and won't bloom well in shade but they do not take drought well and they need big holes with compost added. They don't do well just chopped into clay. Trust me on this....

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 9:08PM
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