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Jun 6, 2020 3:09 AM CST
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Earlier this year I bought a bareroot Louis de Funès climber. Due to the hard lockdown (I am an expat living in Europe) the box spent over a fortnight in some warehouse before being delivered to me.
All plants in the box have since fully recovered except for this one: while it put on new leaves pretty much days after being planted in the ground it hasn't grown since and to make matters worse "something" (probably a large grasshopper or a locust) took big bites out of the leaves over the past two weeks. Here it is how the plant looks right now:

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I honestly don't know whether to just wait until next year or to pull it out of the ground right now and just order another one when they become available this Fall. Any advice?
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Jun 6, 2020 5:47 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
And it probably won't grow much at all this year. And may only grow a small amount next year.
Climbers take time to establish a root ball before they will put on any height. Saying is, first year sleep, second year creep, third year leap! And sometimes it can take a good 5 years to really get a true climber.

Yes, something is munching your leaves. You can try and find it (usually hiding under the leaves at the stem) and get an insecticide for it or just wait. Most insects have a particular season and then disappear. Do not remove any leaves that are still green. Even with the holes in them they are still feeding the plant.
Jun 8, 2020 12:00 AM CST
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Thank you very much. So it's kinda like peonies, eh?

And yes,this year my garden looks like a grasshopper/locust/slug/whatever All-You-Can-Eat buffet and to make things worse ants have also started eating the slug bait!
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