Caliente & Merlot

wintergreen(z7 VA)June 28, 2009

What can anyone tell me about Merlot & Caliente long-term? I have one of each - and each plant is not yet a year old. Down the road I only have a spot for one of them - so which plant? So far, Caliente has taken off much more quickly, blooms much more heavily, and from what I have read will be a smaller bush (that could be a plus). On the other hand, I actually prefer the look of Merlot's flowers and it has been a much healthier plant for me (I do not spray at all). Merlot is however, a much smaller plant (it's seemed slow to grow) and has been stingier with the blooms. Merlot also is more of an upright "stick" with blooms on top while Caliente a much fuller bush. Long-term, can anyone tell me if Merlot eventually will fill out and be an attractive bush? Or is it Caliente hands-down? As you can tell, I do prefer some aspects of Merlot over Caliente - but the attractiveness of the over-all plant is very important to me. Any one have their own experiences with these two plants?

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phil_schorr(z6St.Louis)

It took at least 3 years for my Merlot to really start performing. This year she is finally doing quite well and has filled out. I don't grow Caliente so I can't give you a comparison.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 10:57PM
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wintergreen(z7 VA)

Thanks,

It's nice to know that merlot WILL eventually fill out. :)

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 6:47PM
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