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Clematis sieboldi


By marge


Update on the 3 T & M Clemaits Sieboldi plants, these arrived unexpectedly in October, they have been potted into pots and are in residence in my back bedroom. Incredibley, they are still alive! Even being left for two weeks in December while we were on holiday. I had rigged up a wick watering sytem out of a 2 litre Pop bottle, wool weighted down by buttons and held in place with a peg. Which worked well. So here we are, the little things have grown to the top of their support, and I have chopped their tops off, but they are growing.

If I can keep them going for another couple of months or so, they can start venturing outside for short periods.

I will be well pleased if I get this far with them.

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Good for you Marge, Im sure they will do fine. You are luckier than I am with T &M plants. They always seem to arrive very much worse for wear, so I only ever use them to order seeds from now

8 Jan, 2009


Glad you are succeeding DESPITE the best efforts of T&M

8 Jan, 2009


Very inventive with the pop bottle and buttons.
Well done.
Glad the plants are surviving :o)

8 Jan, 2009


They don't get very big, Marge. I planted mine out 2 years ago then had to move them. Two out of the three did flower, but they only grew about 3' up the trellis. I think they'd do better in a large container, with a wigwam to scramble up. Hope that helps.

8 Jan, 2009


I beg to differ spritz. My sieboldii had reached over ten feet the year before last so got a REALLY hard pruning last spring. It took a long time to recover but still got to six feet by the end of the summer. I think they are just very slow starters

9 Jan, 2009


Ah, yes, Andrew - but YOURS didn't come from T&M. did they?

9 Jan, 2009


I've had plants from T&M and not very good success, i've found plants from Parker's have always been good though.

9 Jan, 2009


I don't buy anything from T&M any longer, Clarice. I have had too many bad experiences with t&M and even when I've complained, the replacements have been just as bad!

I agree about Parker's.

9 Jan, 2009


I've stopped using T&M for the same reason. Bulbs from Parkers are OK but the few plants I've had from then have been VERY small (hence the low prices I suspect)

9 Jan, 2009


I've just been looking at their latest advert - they don't say how big the pots of perennials are. I don't think I'm going to risk ordering what I thought I'd like, after what you said, Andrew.
I've only had bulbs from them before - all good quality.

9 Jan, 2009


It's sad Spritz but I think you're right, they will be small. I was really tempted by their border collection, just to save me some time but the last lot of perennials I ordered had a despatch date on the front of the packet and they'd sent them out prior to a bank holiday so when I received them they were tiny plugs plants with brittle roots, all the compost had fallen from the roots and not one survived. They'd been in transit for over a week in May! I was so angry because of the disappointment. The free buddleia and azalea fared much better though!
I ordered shrubs and climbing roses just before Christmas and am much happier with the quality of these.
It's difficult especially with such a lovely catalogue of flowers in front of you too!

10 Jan, 2009


To be honest, I much prefer to choose a plant myself - so when I go to the Garden Centres, I take several off the racks and line them up on the ground to find the best shaped one!

You can't do that ordering mail order, can you? I have decided - I shall be happy to buy plug-plants mail order, but that's it - unless I see something really special and KNOW what size pot it's coming in!

10 Jan, 2009


I will never buy anything from a cataloge that has pictures of bright blue roses or tulips in it

10 Jan, 2009


Od dear! what have I started? I do agree, there is no substitue for seeing before you buy. I have made the decision that is what I shall do in the future. We have a lot of Garden Centres in our local area that I visit on a regular basis. (Question being, will they all keep going? one is having an "everything must go sale")

My other problem is, I have a small garden and it about full up, so I shall really be only replacing things that die off.

11 Jan, 2009

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