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Is "The President" Dead???

Posted by PlantsAndYarn 5 (My Page) on
Fri, May 3, 13 at 7:24

I bought this clematis last spring. It seemed to do fine last summer. Grew to about 5-6 ft, nice, beautiful flowers. There were 3 vines in the pot, but one died shortly after planting.

My question is when should I begin to see signs of sprouting, growth for the year? I suspect it is dead, but I am not sure if it is a slow starter or not. My other perennials have showed the beginnings of sprouting, but not this plant. I paid a lot for this one plant and would like to return it if it is dead, but don't want to prematurely declare it dead. This is the first clematis I have ever had.

Please let me know what you think.

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RE: Is "The President" Dead???

One of the things I most like about clematis, aside from the blooms, is their ability to "resurrect". Of course I have had plants that died, but so many have unexpectedly returned to life that I now always, always wait at least a year before assuming one is dead. In several places in my garden I have clems that are so close together that I'm sure I thought one had died and I planted another in its spot, only to have the first one come back to life. Also, this spring, I dug out one that was MIA all last year, and found roots! No sign of a shoot yet this spring, but I'm waiting. I wouldn't give up on The President yet if I were you.

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