really late clematis or dead?

fillagirlJune 20, 2013

Hello, I'm in zone 2b have several clematis that have yet to surface (others are going great guns!). Wondering if they're just late because of the cold winter and late spring or just dead....anybody else have a similar experience. BTW, one of them is a Jackmanii superba, which is supposed to be very hardy.

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donna_in_sask

My Jackman didn't make it either. All others are back and thriving. Polish Spirit is at least six feet tall now and setting buds. I have heard about miracles in the clematis world...of plants that have come back the next year...haven't experienced that yet.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 1:06AM
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don555(3a)

I have two Jackmanii, at least one of which is "superba". The superba now has vines 7' tall and is getting side-branches, the vines on the other Jackmanii are about 6' tall. If you see no growth at all on yours then I think it's dead. But I too have heard people say their clematis' sometimes just skip a year entirely, so keep that in mind and maybe probe around to see if there appears to be any signs of underground survival before digging it out.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 1:29AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I have a Ville de Lyons that took a year off. And i've also had General Sikorsky for a couple of years and he hasn't done much, but each year, i've thought he's dead and then all of a sudden a few shoots come out of the ground. So i would say hang in there and see what happens.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 8:42AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

My Ville de Lyon hasn't come up either. I've been checking regularly, as it always takes its time, but I think it should be up by now. A very small Mme. Eduoard nearby has just put in an appearance, so if its alive I can't see why the VdL shouldn't be. I've had it since 2008.
Jackmanii shot out of the ground a long time ago.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 9:25AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

I have had two experience this year with plants making comebacks when I was sure they were dead...it might be a little late now but I would still give them the benefit of the doubt.

SCG

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 11:40AM
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fillagirl

Thanks for sharing your experiences, I will wait patiently to see what happens...but I may have to go out and buy a few more clematis...just in case! (:

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 4:24PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

fillagirl that is exactly the right way to approach this. Way to hold your composure. I might even go get a couple clematis myself, just incase.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 4:28PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Removing double post

This post was edited by SouthCountryGuy on Thu, Jun 20, 13 at 17:13

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 4:29PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

We might all need to buy more clematis - just in case! :>

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 10:29PM
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brieen

Don't give up on it yet. I have 2 Jackmanii superba . one came up 2 weeks ago, the other one came up yesterday. they are side by side about 3 feet apart. I also have had clematis disappear for a year then come back a year later.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 1:16AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

It's alive! Ville de Lyon has finally started to come up. Good grief! I had almost given up. I've been nosing around the nursery and had almost bought a replacement for it.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:07AM
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fillagirl

Thanks for the update north53...I too had one come up in the last few days, the other one has yet to surface. Not sure why it's so late this year, but very happy it did decide to grow! Happy gardening everyone!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:31AM
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CLBlakey

Happy dance!!!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 12:50PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

General Sikorsky is up too, just about 3", but he's still alive. Of all mine, only Nelly Moser has started to bloom. I have to check on another one that has done nothing for several years - just came out of the ground and that's it. A few weeks, ago, it was up a few inches. When weeding around it last fall, i put a small trellis there to mark it, and it seemed to be climbing a bit last time i looked. I can't remember its name - might be Anne Jackman.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 4:24PM
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