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Clematis Acropolis doesn't seem to climb

mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 495
Does anyone have experience of acropolis? I bought one for a fiver last year (end of season from Morrisons) and since I didnt have anywhere to put it I left it in its pot over the winter. 
It flopped everywhere, and I assumed it was just because I neglected it.
I bought it a decent-sized pot this spring, but despite growing it still doesn't seem to self-cling.
 I know some of Raymond's boulevard collection aren't climbers so wonder if acropolis is one of these but no one's admitted it!


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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    Is it one of the herbaceous clems?
    If not, maybe it's one that needs tying in.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Buzzy2Buzzy2 Posts: 135
    Just looked it up, it is a boulevard one 3-4"
  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 495
    @Fairygirl, I wasn't aware of it being [semiherbaceous, and there's no hint in any of the descriptions, apart from one little - maybe -suspicious line in the blurb from Bakker:
      "The plant grows around other branches.
       We tie up the stems against a fence".

    It's a pretty new introduction (2018 I think?) but if Morrisons were selling them they can't exactly be rare :) 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    I had a look @mikeymustard, and you're right - it doesn't say it's herbaceous. 
    Not sure what you can do, other than tying it in. 
    Maybe you could contact one of the sellers and see if they can give you any help on it?
    If @Richard Hodson is around, he might be able to help you out with advice too  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 495
    Hmm I'm gonna have to rethink my approach to this little critter! I could always try what my mother would've done when she was younger and more active - threaten it (I kid you not, you should've seen the size of the angel wing begonia after she shouted at it to do something or it was a goner)!

  • Have you ever seen a flower on it ?   How do you know it is Acropolis ?  Many times plants have labels mixed up.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,512
    Interesting that it doesn’t appear in Raymond Evison’s online catalogue, under Boulevard or any other collection:  

    https://www.raymondevisonclematis.com/collections/boulevard-compact-patio

    Maybe it proved unpopular due to it’s climbing but not clinging tendencies and was remaindered to Morrisons and the like? Perhaps it would be better wound around and tied into a small obelisk? Great colour though!
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    edited June 2020
    I just noticed you said you got it a new pot and it was growing, but as @Richard Hodson says, it could be something entirely different anyway, if you haven't seen any flowers or anything else to ID it. 
    Perhaps you'll just have to wait and see....

    Have you got any photos?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I bought one at a garden centre last month. It does not seem keen to cling to the trellis that came with it. However, there are plenty of online sellers, and they do not describe it as non-clinging, unlike other varieties. 
  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 495
    @Nollie I was beginning to wonder the same thing.
    It's defo an Acropolis

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