Clematis Mary Rose

Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 458
So, this has happened...




Ideas? 
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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 25,032
    edited 9 September
    It looks very much like clematis wilt. Cut all of the dead stems off down to ground level.
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  • Ouch!. My Carnaby did the same, luckily you've got some new growth so it's not a complete washout!
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 458
    Thanks, @Ladybird4! Will google clematis wilt now, and ways to avoid it!
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 25,032
    @mikeymustard don't give up on your Carnaby clematis. They often throw up new growth from beneath the soil. Just make sure that all old stems are cleared away.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,108
    Mary Rose is a group 3 viticella and, in theory, they don't get clematis wilt.   However, they do go crispy if under watered.   Clematis need lots of water.  It's also possible that some naughty slug or snail has chewed the stems at the base and made them unable to pass water and nutrients up the stems.

    I suggest you cut off those dead stems right at the base and keep the pot watered until those new leaves die down for autumn.  Then wrap some bubble wrap round the pot to protect it from winter frosts. 

    Come spring, cut the old stems at the base then give it a generous handful of specialist slow release clematis food and a good drink of water.    Train the new shoots along the supports as they appear.   Add liquid tomato feed to the water once a week to help it along as the nutrients in planting compost only last 90 days or so and clematis are hungry plants as well as thirsty.
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  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 458
    Many thanks, @Obelixx, I will take heed of your useful tips!
  • It looks as though it hasn't been planted deep enough from here.


  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 458
    Ah, ok @Richard Hodson . Would that make it more likely to get wilt? Should I repot it when it's dormant? 
  • See the 3 stems that are brown on the left side of the plant ?   Can you cut through one of these stems about 12 inches above the ground and see if it is green or brown, please ?
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 458
    Eek! I cut them all off earlier this evening on the above advice. I will have a look tomorrow, they are in a bucket outside!
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