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by frustratedattimes on July 17, 2004 01:41 PM
Ok now I am frustrated (see name) [Frown] [Big Grin] . I have 3 ea. clematis, that I planted on the end of my deck, to grow up thru the lattice for a privacy screen. Only problem is they are not growing. The plants get 3 in. tall or so then die back, then come up again and it starts all over.
I know that they like thier roots to stay cool, and I have planted Canna's and water lily's in front of them to help with shade. They get morning and early afternoon sun.
Anyone with any ideass?????????? [thinker]

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by njoynit on July 17, 2004 08:24 PM
hows that georgia clay?
how deep did you dig hole(or GA clay container)
make hole 18-24 inches wide& deep and give it the best topsoil or compost nice& rich in nutrients.

did you set rootball 3-5 inches below soil level?
I'
d go 5,cause of the heat.
3-4 inches of mulch to help hold in moisture.
when you DO get buds...then you can fertilize.a low nitrogen fertilizer.

only problem I know with them is stem rot....but does not return from stem rot....so figure is your "clay pot".
I tried growing one up indy in my back yard...ya know my soil I use to break up with a pick axe to be able to get the shovel into...not even READY for plant yet.LOL I don't miss my yard there.I got nice sandy loam now& if hit clay....choose another spot.

to help you on drianage in heavy clay spots....you can drill a hole about 1-2 inches wide 6 inches deep and fill with gravel.

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by frustratedattimes on July 18, 2004 04:13 PM
Ok, so now can I dig them up, and change the soil they are in?????????? I know that lime helps clay break down, can I put some down and plant them right back into it???? I used lime pellets on my lawn,,,, didnt even think to use it in the flower beds. [Confused] [Big Grin] [nutz] [thinker] [thinker]

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