Clematis are the dumbest plants in the world

shazam_z3June 24, 2012

So I've been patiently waiting for my four year old Purpea Plena Elegans clematis to come up for the past two months. Heck, my alpina's already bloomed and my Prairie Traveler's Joy is invading the neighbour's backyard. But nothing from the PPE. So today I decided to rip it out and replace it with a Hagley. I take my trusty loop hoe and start to clear the area. And then I move the rock that I've had in front of the PPE to keep the roots cool. I clear some more, and I hear a SNAP - the kind you hear when you break a clematis's brittle vines. Sure enough, I broke a shoot. And then I look closely - there were FOUR shoots coming up, but they were UNDER the rock! Luckily I didn't damage the others, but what the heck!?! Funny thing is the new growth is a good four inches from where it's been coming up previously!!

Ah well. No more rocks in front of that one!

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ostrich(3a AB)

LOL shazam!!! Now you'd better go and get some more clematis.... LOL!

I have never really grown climbing things in my life - I just found that it's too much high maintenance for me - I don't like the mess they leave behind the trelis or whatever they climb on after the growing season! Maybe it's just me...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:31AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I have one clematis (can't remember which one, of course) that has only come up a couple of inches for the last couple of years. The first year i had it, it was all over the trellis. Now there's this bare trellis sitting there and a tiny clematis sitting behind it. LOL

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 7:37PM
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