Is This a Clematis?

martinca_gwMay 17, 2014

I'm betting so, since I bought a small potted one years ago and it never did anything. Never tried, really, due to lack of success in past. I always thought they were not ideal for So. Ca. Now I see some of my neighbors on here have them, I'm determined to try again. The pot is long gone, and here 's what I'm seeing.

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seeingreen

maybe honysuckle

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 11:43PM
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roseseek

Honeysuckle is what I first thought, too. Kim

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 2:35AM
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Linda

Definitely not Clematis and I'm iffy on the Honeysuckle, too.

Linda

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 2:41AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

The really small Clems you normally see for sale in So Cal are hard to get started. The five gallons are too big to plant easily. Look for a 1 or 2 gallon viticella hybrid locally (Etoile Violette, 'Polish Spirit') or Jackmanii. Those are the easiest. After you get a couple going try others.

Skip the double flowered ones and 'Nelly Moser'--the doubles are a lot tougher to get going here and 'Nelly' though lovely is also harder to get going.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 5:16PM
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martinca_gw

Thanks. Hoov. Your purple is lovely! Would love to see any of yours vining. As for you who guessed honeysuckle, I just peeked over the fence into the field that is filled with....honeysuckle!!! Silly me for not taking into account the lack of bloom,on mine... It's in full shade.
Darn. But it was fun for a while to think I'd found a surprise volunteer of something special.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 10:34PM
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jasminerose4u, California(9b)

Hoov, that is a gorgeous picture! I purchased Venosa Violacea clematis from ebay that was only two inches tall when I received it a few months ago. It is now about four. I'm happy it made it through the heatwave and I hope it makes it through summer.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 10:57PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

jasminerose4u, rich soil, a thick mulch of good compost (keep the compost from coming into contact with the stems) and never, ever, ever let the soil dry out. Don't drown it of course, but dry soil is fatal. Try a weak fertilizer like fish emulsion at half the recommended strength every couple of weeks. They like fertilizer.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 9:38AM
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jasminerose4u, California(9b)

Wow! Beautiful photography and Clematis. Thank you for the tips, Hoov. I had my mulch touching the stems, but I'll move it away and add a weak fertilizer.

Bonnie

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 9:55AM
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