Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum... and quite new to gardening, so I hope you'll forgive my naivety.
A relative of mine bought two chocolate vines from Publisher's Clearing House, one for herself and one for me. We planted them over a month ago and they're still only four or so inches tall when, as explained in the packaging, they were supposed to grow six feet tall the first year. We're both frustrated because we have them in optimal conditions - partial shade in the morning and sun the rest of the day with frequent watering every other day. We live in zone 4 which is, according to everything we've read, suitable for chocolate vines, but despite all of this they just won't grow. She's bought several other things from Publisher's Clearing House that didn't survive, though these plants are still nice, leafy, and green... they just won't get any taller.
As far as fertilizer goes, my rabbits have lent their services. I've put a bit of rabbit feces around the plant and then gave it a good watering, so I hope that does it some good. The rabbits helped out a small maple that we all thought was going to die, so I figured it wouldn't hurt...
But what is wrong? Is there anything we can do to make them grow?