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Dying Clematis Armandii

Hello. I planted 3 Clematis Armandii 'Apple Blossom' last year.
They now all look much like this sad specimen.
Can anyone offer diagnosis and/or helpful suggestions ?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,819
     @Howard40, that does look sad.  At a guess, I think it's planted too near the fence and it's either been caught by a very cold wind or it's short of water.

    I would cut it down by half, take off the brown leaves and give it a very good watering. I doubt I'm afraid it will survive but you could try. Clematis need 2 gallons of water at least twice a week and lots of feeding.

    You may not have realised they are monster clematis and also have a reputation for being slightly tender and tricky to grow. I've had one on my back garden hedge for over ten years with only a few flowers each year on it (mainly on the north side facing the neighbours!). Last year I had to cut it severely back but this year it's gone bananas and is waving at me over the top of the shed.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Howard40Howard40 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the ideas. Would it be worth moving it away from the fence - its only been in a year?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,819
    I wouldn't at the moment, it would probably kill it altogether. I would wait for signs of life first after watering it, which could take perhaps a week or two. Hopefully others might have more ideas. Climbers especially need to be planted at least 2 ft away from a fence or wall and planted at an angle towards it. Clematis need to be planted quite deep in well manured soil, they are very greedy plants. If its any consolation I am struggling to keep a clematis 'Prince Charles' alive, despite my best endeavours!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Howard40Howard40 Posts: 3
    Ok, many thanks Lizzie
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