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yorkiethorntonyorkiethornton Yorkshire Posts: 80
Hi. This clematis is showing signs of something that doesn’t look good? Nice and healthy further up. It’s a group 3 if that helps any? Thanks.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    Tell us more ... what sort of clematis, how long has it been there, what’s the soil like and what’s your feeding and watering regime?
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    Is it right at the foot of that tree? [I'm struggling to see from the photo,especially as it's sideways]
    If so, it's probably very, very thirsty. Group 3s should be cut right back at the end of winter/early spring, and they do enjoy plenty of water. A mulch also helps, especially if they haven't been planted more deeply.
    If planting next to trees, they need to be well away from the trunk.  :)
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  • yorkiethorntonyorkiethornton Yorkshire Posts: 80
    Tell us more ... what sort of clematis, how long has it been there, what’s the soil like and what’s your feeding and watering regime?
    It’s a viticella Madame. Though not tested the soil is good, reasonable drainage. Fed with a general fertiliser. Watered 3/4 times a week. In its third year I think; has been pruned according to the label. Planted about a foot from tree trunk. Grown much taller than last year; now up to about 8ft. That’s about all I can say. Thanks.
  • yorkiethorntonyorkiethornton Yorkshire Posts: 80
    Fairygirl said:
    Is it right at the foot of that tree? [I'm struggling to see from the photo,especially as it's sideways]
    If so, it's probably very, very thirsty. Group 3s should be cut right back at the end of winter/early spring, and they do enjoy plenty of water. A mulch also helps, especially if they haven't been planted more deeply.
    If planting next to trees, they need to be well away from the trunk.  :)
    Hi, it’s about 1ft from the tree trunk base and was pruned according to the label. New growth has Ben strong; now up to about 8ft and looking green/strong. Will try a mulch; any recommendations on what to use? Thank you 😀
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,393
    ..what is wrong with your clematis exactly? it's impossible to tell from the photo... you should pinch out the growing tips of gr. 3 clematis to make them more bushier, but they go bare at the base anyway... I take it it's Mme. Julia Correvon?...
  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087
    edited May 2020
    Mulch it with garden compost if you have any or well rotted farm yard manure. Lay about 2” deep ensuring you don’t cover the stems of the Clematis or it could rot down the stems.
    I must admit a Clematis grows better up a well developed shrub than a mature tree as it’s competing with nutrient and water with the tree. With planting it to grow up a shrub you can do this 3 to 4 foot away from the shrub due to the width of the shrubs growth

  • yorkiethorntonyorkiethornton Yorkshire Posts: 80
    Marlorena said:
    ..what is wrong with your clematis exactly? it's impossible to tell from the photo... you should pinch out the growing tips of gr. 3 clematis to make them more bushier, but they go bare at the base anyway... I take it it's Mme. Julia Correvon?...
    It is the variety above. If they go bare that's fine; was just asking if that was normal or something to be concerned about. I understand from other posts that planting next to a tree may not be the best location and mulching would help. Hadn't known about the pinching out so will try that also. Thanks. 
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