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Name: Bob Gardner
Toledo Ohio (Zone 6a)
Magnumrtawd
Sep 18, 2015 7:48 PM CST
I have a major Wheeler that was planted in the spring. It has grown well and flowered . 3 weeks ago it stopped flowering and the leaves started to yellow from the bottom up.
Is this normal for the middle of Sept.?It gets about 5 hrs. of Sun a day. Sprinkler sys. At least 1" of water a week.
I live in Toledo Ohio U.S.
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Oct 3, 2015 4:47 PM CST
Bob, I see you have received a reply yet. Let me see if we can get some of the members that are growing this vine to answer your question.

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flaflwrgrl
Oct 3, 2015 4:53 PM CST
Thanks for the heads up Lynn.

Well Bob, I'm way on down in FL & mine is evergreen. But still, I would say no, what you're experiencing is not normal. Let's see what others in colder regions have to say.

@Newyorkrita Rita has this plant as well. As a matter of fact Rita rooted the one I have off of one of hers & sent it to me so mine is a yankee who retired to the south. Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Catmint20906
Oct 3, 2015 5:04 PM CST
I will check mine tomorrow! Here it has been in the 50s and rainy, as a weather comparison for the OP!
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Newyorkrita
Oct 3, 2015 5:30 PM CST
Dark outside so I can not go look at mine either right now. However, that sounds pretty normal to me as the vines do loose their leaves in the fall and go dormant.
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 3, 2015 6:18 PM CST
Mine gets kind of scraggly when we really start getting cold here but it does retain about 1/2 the leaves throughout winter. Right now it's still going strong though as we have been very warm.
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Catmint20906
Oct 4, 2015 6:35 AM CST
Just looked at mine and it has some yellowing leaves on the bottom, too. I think it must be normal fall decline.
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Name: Bob Gardner
Toledo Ohio (Zone 6a)
Magnumrtawd
Oct 4, 2015 6:38 AM CST
Thanks for the reply's. It appears its done for the summer.
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Newyorkrita
Oct 4, 2015 9:13 AM CST
Newyorkrita said:Dark outside so I can not go look at mine either right now. However, that sounds pretty normal to me as the vines do loose their leaves in the fall and go dormant.


So I did go out and look at it this morning. The leaves are all still very much green. But here it has not been cold enough for it to start to go dormant. It has proved to be quite cold hardy for me anyway and many years stays green until extremely late in the season.
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Catmint20906
Oct 4, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Our temps dipped into the 40s last night. Thumbs down
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Newyorkrita
Oct 4, 2015 12:16 PM CST
Catmint20906 said:Our temps dipped into the 40s last night. Thumbs down


I think it is going to warm up again this week though.
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Catmint20906
Oct 4, 2015 12:29 PM CST
It would be nice to have good gardening weather over the Columbus Day weekend!
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DavidLMO
Oct 4, 2015 8:02 PM CST
I am in Zone 5 B and mine still looks pretty good - even with temps in low 40 s.
My guess is that yous is just starting to shut down. Having only been in ground for 6 montsh or so, it has not had enough time to lay down a huge root system. If you are worried, you could take some cuttings for rooting. Good luck.
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Marilyn
Dec 26, 2015 1:23 AM CST
@Magnumrtawd Bob,

I just saw this and I too have 'Major Wheeler'. I've it in a 20 inch container that sits on soil in a flowerbed with a tall trellis leaning onto the container.



When you mentioned that it stopped flowering in mid September. I wanted to tell you (for next year, since it is late December) that I keep the flowers deadheaded every day and/or every week (every year). I've had mine blooming all the way through today 12/25/15. It is unusual for it to be blooming this late into December, but because of the unusual warm weather we've had and with my constant deadheading, I've flowers and flower buds. Of course, in normal years it will be blooming well into the fall for me.

Here are some of the flowers and buds I took 12/25/15.

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Name: Bob Gardner
Toledo Ohio (Zone 6a)
Magnumrtawd
Dec 26, 2015 7:34 AM CST
Thanks for the reply.
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Bob Gardner
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Catmint20906
Dec 26, 2015 9:11 AM CST
That's amazing that it's still blooming!

I wasn't good about deadheading this past year--it seemed like clockwork that we had beautiful sunny days all week while I was at work, and then it would rain over the weekend! Thumbs down
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ssgardener
Dec 28, 2015 10:51 AM CST
It's interesting the difference that one hardiness zone makes! My Lonicera has been blooming non stop since spring and is pretty much semi evergreen in my climate. I'm surprised it isn't listed as such on plant info sites.

Both pictures were taken today

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ssgardener
Dec 28, 2015 10:52 AM CST
Oh, and I never deadhead mine and it still blooms nonstop. It's pretty much self cleaning. Thumbs up

It's a great native vine!
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Dec 28, 2015 4:45 PM CST
SSG, I think that somehow you live in a warmer pocket than the rest of us MD 7a-ers do! nodding
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Name: Bob Gardner
Toledo Ohio (Zone 6a)
Magnumrtawd
Dec 28, 2015 10:22 PM CST
Yeah, I'm pretty sure mine is dead!!
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Bob Gardner

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