Need some help with Clematis
Springfield, Massachusetts , United States
I have five different Clematis vines in my back garden that are planted in different locations. Except for a new one this year ( Nelly Moser ) they have been planted in my garden for about four years. Each year they come up and bloom but I don't get too many flowers and compared to a lot of Clematis photos that I've seen in GOY they are not nice and bushy with a lot of leaves. One Clematis in particular " Dr. Ruppel " almost always gets clematis droop and that's the end of it for the season. I'm wondering if maybe I have them planted in the wrong locations. They all get a good deal of sun and I have the base of them protected with decomposing leaves and the ground is also shaded from other plants close by. I've also wondered if it is fertilizing. How often should I be fertilizing them and with what ? I have no problems with moving them to new locations if that would help. I've never moved one that has been in the ground for more than 3 or 4 years so I don't know how they take to being moved. I do have one exception to whats happening. I have an Atumn Sweet Clematis that grows like crazy each year to the point where I have to cut it back a lot. Every year in early fall it's loaded with flowers. Two of my problem Clematis are planted very close to it getting the same light exposure.Thank you in advance to any of you who can help...
- 19 May, 2009