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Clematis Rebecca - Wilts every year

Posted by bill14150 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 23:12

I purchased a small Clematis Rebecca in 2012 along with about 3 dozen others. First year, of course, it did little, wilted once, but came back from base. Second year, last year, it got a couple feet high, had one bloom, wilted again, but regrew again from bottom. This year, 2014, it got about 3 feet high and did the exact same thing. 2 feet on either side is, on left, a Ramona, new last year, very slow to start this year (many of my clems were this year, presumably from the harsh winter) and on the right, a Omoshiro, new last year which did very well this year. Has anyone else had any problems growing Rebecca? It's a beautiful red, but so far has been a disappointment for me.

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RE: Clematis Rebecca - Wilts every year

My Rebecca is doing okay in a shaded area competing with maple tree roots from a nearby tree. It has stayed short but had several blooms and has not wilted.

This year I have had several that have had some wilt, even older established plants. Maybe it is the weather. We have had a record amount of rain through June. Even some of my established plants haven't bloomed as much while others are loving the rain and blooming away. So it goes.

RE: Clematis Rebecca - Wilts every year

Unfortunately this is typical behavior from Type II Clematis.

I have found it to be particularly common when I did not prepare a large planting hole and instead tried to just cram them in with no prep.

I have some that do it every year and they are ten years old...

The vines outgrow their root system.

I keep meaning to dig them up and then dig huge holes and backfill with compost instead of the heavy clay where I just crammed them in but I never manage to do it.

I have found heavy pruning helps but does not overcome the problem.

RE: Clematis Rebecca - Wilts every year

Actually, my soil is very good. No clay, but sandy loam under about a foot of good, dark soil. It was a barnyard a very long time ago. I amended the planting hole as well in 2012 when I planted her. She wilted back, I cut her back and in two weeks, new growth is already beginning. Again. Most of the other nearby clems are doing fine, but the winter did do a number on several of them. And, a baby bunny nipped a few off as well!

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