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Lack of flowers on Clematis Montana

I have two large pink clematis Montana at opposite ends of my Cardiff garden which are over 20 years old. Each year they are a mass of flowers - until this year! There are only a handful of flowers on both plants, although there is lots of healthy-looking growth and foliage. They seem to have enjoyed benign neglect in the past, and only get pruned when I have to cut back growth over the path. Any ideas why this year is so different to the others? We've had a mild but very wet winter here - could that be the problem?

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,634
    Hello Angie :)
    The normal opinion is that it's down to drought,  there was an old thread here with a similar problem 
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1029709/clematis-montana-no-flowers
    Maybe it dried out over last summer? 
    @Fairygirl might be able to help.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    Hi @Angie.kellett - mild and wet is fine for it, but it may have got a bit dehydrated last year and it's been difficult to get enough energy for new flowers. They may also just be a bit worn out as they're older, but I doubt that really. If it's otherwise healthy, I wouldn't worry too much. A small feed, and watering generously if it's on the dry side, and hopefully it will come back. 

    Sorry - that wasn't terribly helpful!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    My pink Montana died last year, wasn't nearly as vigorous as the white flowered one, think mine died from drought but I never watered either one .......... 
  • Thanks all. I'll give them a bit of TLC this year and hopefully they'll be back to their full glory next! 
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