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Dying Clematis

I have a Clematis Montana which for nearly ten years has thrived on an east facing fence. It has remained largely evergreen in that time and flowered well. However over the last few weeks over half the plant seems to have died off for no apparent reasons. The stems are brittle and leaves brown and dead. Any suggestions about what might be happening? Is it just coming to a natural end?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,279
    Clematis wilt?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,580
    That happened to a clematis montana that I have. I thought it was dead and I cut it right down then a year or two later it grew back.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Clematis montana is usually deciduous. I think your is probably dormant now, but maybe in need of a good trim, as Busy Lizzie suggested. It should be ok, they are tough plants.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,208
    Clematis stems are very brittle even when perfectly healthy.  I'd give it the benefit of the doubt until Spring.

    Montana is pretty resistant to wilt. 
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,580
    I thought I knew mine was dead as it was summer. In winter they all look rather dead.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,353
    As it is only partially dead is it possible it has been inadvertently damaged at soil level?
    Either roots cut or some stems at ground level broken or damaged?

    Is any of it looking "wet"  or recall if it has, like it may have been rotted.
    There is a slime type of rot than can affect parts or all sometimes.
    Do you recall any stems looking wet or weepy?

    And also as Busy Lizzie said they can recover given time.  I had one (but group two) "lost" but a couple of years later I was surprised to see it come back.
    Good Luck hope yours recovers.
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