Clematis forum: How many years do your clematis live?

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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Jun 27, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Over the years I have planted lots of different clematis that would thrive for a number of years, then disappear. They have been grown in different areas of the yard mulched to shade the roots. This year some more have disappeared that always grew well each year. How many years do your clematis live in your garden? I have also had two that appeared to disappear show up a year later.
I have fed them with various fertilizers I had on hand for flowers.
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Name: Luda
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
mishkab
Jun 29, 2017 2:55 PM CST
I read they can live up to 50 years. And also I read about clematis to sprout again after 10 years of disappearing. My friend, from whom I catch clematis fever, told me that it's very hard to kill clematis after it is established. I do not afraid to buy ugly looking clematis on clearance as there's a good chance of it to recover. Last year I bought about 50 plants on clearance ( I cannot pass by a plant for $3), and only two of them are empty looking pots. But I have hope for them as well. They're pretty tough plants. Check the roots, If the roots still alive they'll come back!
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Jul 13, 2017 4:57 PM CST
I have a place where a H. C. Young clematis lived for two years blooming nicely. This year it had a few leaves and just dried up. It is not in full sun all day and it had plenty of water with all of our rain in May. I cut it back drastically and it has not appeared to have any new growth.
My question is:
Can I plant another one in that same location?? I will leave what is left of the old one there and do not care if they mix colors as the new one is the same thing I think. I am space challenged but I do love clematis plants.

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