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ElPolloDiablo
Jun 6, 2020 3:09 AM CST
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?
Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
-Charles Darwin-
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Jun 6, 2020 5:47 PM CST
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.
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ElPolloDiablo
Jun 8, 2020 12:00 AM CST
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!
Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
-Charles Darwin-

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