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Is my Clematis dead?

Poppy01Poppy01 AberdeenshirePosts: 6
I mentioned cutting back my well established Clematis Montana this year and before I knew it my helpful husband had hacked it right back. It had spanned 3 fence panels. Is there any hope for it? Thanks
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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,494
    I think you'll have to wait and see. It doesn't look great.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,597
    Try giving it a good drink - 10 to 15 litres - laced with liquid tomato fertiliser and then cross your fingers and wait a few months to see if it shoots from the roots.

    Sit your husband in the dunce's chair until he has learned by heart that montanas get pruned AFTER they have flowered and not in the dead of winter.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Poppy01Poppy01 AberdeenshirePosts: 6
    Obelixx said:
    Try giving it a good drink - 10 to 15 litres - laced with liquid tomato fertiliser and then cross your fingers and wait a few months to see if it shoots from the roots.

    Sit your husband in the dunce's chair until he has learned by heart that montanas get pruned AFTER they have flowered and not in the dead of winter.
    I will try feeding it with tomato feed. Thanks 😊
  • pttomlinspttomlins Posts: 22
    There's still a chance I had to cut back all of my clematis because of New fencing and I would 50% are coming back.
  • Poppy01Poppy01 AberdeenshirePosts: 6
    pttomlins said:
    There's still a chance I had to cut back all of my clematis because of New fencing and I would 50% are coming back.
    Thanks for your reply. Were your ones cut right back to the old wood like this? 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,597
    Your montana will have a large root system under all that dead wood and that may survive the shock of being hacked.   You may well get shoots from the roots or from the base of that wood but you'll need patience.  Clematis are hungry, thirsty plants so give it the liquid feed as indicated above and it will stand a better chance of revival.

    If nothing's showing by mid June, your OH owes you a lovely new clematis.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Poppy01Poppy01 AberdeenshirePosts: 6
    Obelixx said:
    Your montana will have a large root system under all that dead wood and that may survive the shock of being hacked.   You may well get shoots from the roots or from the base of that wood but you'll need patience.  Clematis are hungry, thirsty plants so give it the liquid feed as indicated above and it will stand a better chance of revival.

    If nothing's showing by mid June, your OH owes you a lovely new clematis.
    Thanks. That gives me some hope that it may survive. 
  • CrazybeeladyCrazybeelady WarwickshirePosts: 406
    I used to cut my Montana right down to probably a teeny bit taller than yours around November time. This was because I was an idiot that  didn't know better, and someone told me that's what you do with Clematis! Last year is the first time I haven't done it so I might actually get flowers this year  :D Anyway it always grew back- though I'd be expecting to see growth by now.
  • Poppy01Poppy01 AberdeenshirePosts: 6
    I used to cut my Montana right down to probably a teeny bit taller than yours around November time. This was because I was an idiot that  didn't know better, and someone told me that's what you do with Clematis! Last year is the first time I haven't done it so I might actually get flowers this year  :D Anyway it always grew back- though I'd be expecting to see growth by now.
    It was only cut back like this yesterday so I'll have to wait patiently to see if it recovers I guess. It spanned 3 fence panels and flowered beautifully 🤦🏻‍♀️
  • Hi, did it ever grow? We cut ours back yesterday having taken advise from in laws about not being worried to cut it right back down to the ground - I left it about as high as yours but now I’m really worried about it! It was about 25ft high growing up the neighbours trees behind our fence and around 6ft wide along the fence, although I have gained around 3ft of the garden back as it had grown out so much and was bare under the New Years growth. Fingers crossed! I have just fed and watered it 
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