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Clematis Niobe Flowering well but lower leavings browning and crinkly

My clematis planted on a east facing wall grows and flowers very well every year, but every year after it begins flowering, the leaves start browning. I tried to remove these leaves occasionally thinking it was a fungal issue but it repeats every year. What is the reason and what can be done to stop this? thanks

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611
    edited July 2019
    Thirst.  Give it a good, deep drink once a week so it sinks down to the deeper roots.  The wall not only casts a rain shadow but also soaks up a lot of ground water itself and facing east is not, I imagine, the prevailing direction for wind and rain so try watering regularly and see if that helps.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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