Thanks songbird I will try to be patient and try to encourage the plant
up the trellis
I bought two pairs of clematis last year - viticella and andromeda.
the viticella are growing up the trellis I installed very nicely and I
have lovely red flowers on both. The andromedas are both flowering
(large pink flowers) but only one shows any signs of climbing (by
throwing one shoot up the trellis) which has now flowered. The other
just 'bunched' and stands no more than a foot high. Neither of the
andromeda look like climbing as the viticella have - any ideas or
sometimes you can help it along by gently moving
vines closer to the trellis so that as it searches
for support it will find it easier.
or it could just be that it will take longer for
this plant to be established well enough to support
more vines. we have several plants here that have
taken a while to get enough root system to put much
growth up top (and a few had roots eaten by voles).
sometimes it may be the initial root ball in the
pot wasn't very good and it will take a few years
for the plant to expand it's supporting roots into
the surrounding soil...