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Sweet Autumn clematis slow to start?

Posted by kentstar 5b, NE Ohio (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 7, 10 at 23:29

I planted a SAC last fall (Sept I believe) and for a month it did well and got pretty bushy and grew about 2 to 3 ft in that month or two before winter started setting in. Now, this spring it started growing, I pruned down to 6 inches in March, and now it's June and in those two months it's only a ft tall! Is it normal for the growth to be late getting going? What would make it stunted? It's just sitting there doing nothing from what I can see anyways. In late spring and summer it gets about 6 or more hours of sun a day from 1 pm on to dusk. It is planted about 3 ft from a hedgeline of mine. I do keep it watered well also.
I used Mills Magic Mix on it once when I pruned and now just this week.
When should I be expecting it to start that tall growth that everyone talks about? Or is mine a dud? lol

Thanks all,

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Sweet Autumn clematis slow to start?

It can take a bit to get established, but when it does, look out. My guess is your plant is working on growing its eventual very dense root system.

RE: Sweet Autumn clematis slow to start?

All Clematis are slow to get established. They sleep, creep and leap.

RE: Sweet Autumn clematis slow to start?

OK, thanks to both of you. I don't know why I should expect any different just because it's a SAC! lol SAC or not, it still follows those rules I guess :)


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