Clematis That Doesn't Bloom - Knowledgebase Question

Stitzer, WI
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Question by ekeller6
May 1, 2001
What climbing plant can I plant in place of a clematis?

My clematis is now in the shade of a sunburst locust tree. For the past five years the clematis grows a lot of vine, but it never blooms.

Last fall I completely cut it off to ground level--something I didn't do before. Presently, it has about four inches of new growth coming.

I will appreciate your advice for making the clematis bloom, or for planting a different plant.

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2001
Clematis blooms best when the top of the plant is in full sun and the roots are in shade. Moving your clematis to a sunnier location will improve its flowering capability. Once you've transplanted it to a better location, you can replace it with Trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) or an annual climber such as scarlet runner beans or Parthenocissus inserta (Virginia Creeper).

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