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Any Hope to Rescue A Bignonia Capreolata Athens?

westes Zone 9b California SF Bay
3 months ago
last modified: 3 months ago

I put a Bignonia capreolata "Athens" into a large container "temporarily" and one year later I got around to transplanting to a final location in the ground. To my shock, this thing had developed a huge and very difficult to extract root system. There was a very deep tap root or two, and there was an enormous circling root that after a complete 360 then dove down deep. I managed to remove about 60% of the root but there was substantial root damage. As much as I hate doing it, do I need to cut back the entire vine to the ground, to give the plant a way to conserve energy and have a chance to survive what must be an enormous shock? I can see the leaves on the vine starting to die.

I am fairly new to vines and have been playing with Clematis, so far losing about 40% of them. Several growers have told me when transplanting them to cut them back so they can focus on re-establishing. So Clematis is my model for how I might handle the Bignonia.

The photo here is just a stock photo of the variety.

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