I bought a clematis vine a few weeks ago from my local nursery. I can't remember the name but it will produce small purple-like flowers. Anyways I bought it so it would vine around my mailbox. I was told to plant it by the mailbox, vine the existing vines around it and tie them to the post with pantyhose so I don't damage the vines. Well it doesn't really look like it's doing anything. I figured it would start vine-ing a bit, but it looks pretty limp/droopy. Maybe I'm not watering enough or could it be in a shock phase? I really don't want to lose this thing because it cost me well over $20 for it. Any thoughts?
if summar heat is intense, it can go into dorment for awhile until cool down abit... or it looks leggy it maybe need more sunlight?
it could be in replanting shock too. i'd give more tme to see how it goes
Clematis take their time establishing their root system once transplanted. It could be a year or two before you see any substantial growth. Patience is definately needed with these plants. Here's some helpful growing info.
With no disrespect to Decam0, putting a stone or stone slab over the roots will compress the soil and keep needed moisture away, gravel does not add nutrients to the soil and planting other plants on top of the root zone will only compete with the roots of the clematis for moisture and nutrients. The idea is good so planting something nearby that will shade the root zone is good.