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Fujimusume Clematis - No new growth

It's March and my 5 year old Fujimusume is not showing any signs of buds. It has been flowering beautifully for the last 3 years. Usually, by now there will be green buds sprouting. All I can see is one new single shoot emerging from the soil.  

It is in a pot.

Any advice would be most appreciated.

I love this plant - the Wedgwood blue, starry blooms are breathtaking. 

Really worried about it!


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,891
    Well, it has one new shoot so be thankful for small mercies.🙂
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Given the droughts many suffered last year, the top growth could have died off and it's now regrowing from the root crown.  If you haven't repotted it lately, now would be a good time and if the old stems are dead, cut them right back before you do that to make it easier.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you, that's helpful and encouraging; no haven't repotted will get right at it.
  • Yes, grateful indeed for small mercies! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,052
    If it's in a pot long term, it's totally reliant on you, so you may need to address it a bit more - bigger pot, soil not compost, consistent watering/feeding etc

    As @BobTheGardener says, if it dried out last year, it will have struggled to come back as normal. They're pretty tough, so hopefully it'll come back with a bit of tlc  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank you for your reply Fairygirl. It's already in a large pot. Will definitely repit with soil and be more diligent about feeding. 
  • kozakorkozakor Posts: 8
    Do you have a photo? 
    If the plant stops vegetation, then look closely at the pot, pests, watering, root system.
  • Hi Kozakor,

    Thank you for responding.

    I could see no signs of pests. Taking comfort from the fact that there are now 2 shoots instead of one. Really hoping I can nurture this back to its former glory.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,052
    edited March 2020
    What's the big piece of slate [?] for? 
    There's also very little soil in that pot. Small pot too.
    It won't help drainage either, sitting on that concrete. It needs to be on separate feet of some kind.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Maybe the slate is to keep the roots cool?
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