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Re: sweet autumn clematis

It dies back every year to the main stem, but underground it has built up a
bigger root system storing more energy with each succeeding year. It's one
of those things you have to curb every year.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 6:12 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] sweet autumn clematis

> Well Kitty--- mine dies off every year. Figured it wouldn't get that
> big, and the 30ft was more for those in warmer climates....guessing not
> :(
> A friend made me a trellis for it... one is about 8 ft out of the
> ground, the other about 5. They connect together about a ft apart to
> give it more stability. Welded metal circles together, Pretty darn
> sturdy, too bad I didn't get it in place before the season... but
> looking at this plant, even that may not help.
> May try to move it to the fence area next spring, I think this is it's
> second season here, so hopefully I can still dig it out..
> Donna
> >
> > OK, Donna, this is one of those plants for which you should have
> believed
> > the statistics.  It does grow to 30 feet - and not just in single
> file, it
> > can go wide too.  You could selectively prune parts back so you
> wouldn't
> > lose all the bloom, but otherwise, just let it go this year.  Cut it
> back
> > next year.   Trellis?  You put a SAC on a trellis?  Did you read the
> part
> > about 30 feet?  Mine grows up a fence with a little help and then
> travels
> > aloft on top of my neighbor's bushes.  You could use a trellis I
> suppose,
> > but it would have to be a TRELLIS.
> >
> > Kitty
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