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Is my clematis Jackmanii Superba a gonner?

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 346
Thought it was meant to be a summer one but it only lasted a few weeks… I think… can’t quite remember when planted it. Thanks!

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  • coccinellacoccinella LuxembourgPosts: 224
    Mine has a similar look. It is 7 or 8 years old and was not at its best last year either, but survived. I might give it another go, will prune down to the ground in Spring or earlier as it is a bit of an eyesore. They do suffer from sudden wilting.
    When down go out and buy a packet of seeds
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 1,982
    I have dug one up thinking it was dead only to find that some of the roots were alive so be careful what you do. Iy was a long time ago and I am unable to say if it survived.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,045
    Never give up on a clematis.  If they get hungry, thirsty, strangled or have stems damaged by slugs they can fail but not for long.   I've had them re-surface 2 or 3 years after apparent death.   

    Cut back all the dead looking stems and release any still held by those little green plastic ties then weed gentlyaround the base to remove competition and avoid damaging its roors.

    Then water generously - 10 to 15 litres weekly and more in dry spells.  Pour it slowly so it sinks in deep rather than running off.   

    Give it a good mulch of organic matter in autumn and a handful of slow release clematis, rose or tomato fertiliser next spring.   When you see new shoots forming train them as horizontally or diagonally as possible as that encourages more flowers.  That narrow suport will not be enough for a happy Jackmanii Superba.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • coccinellacoccinella LuxembourgPosts: 224
    Thank you Obelixx. 
    When down go out and buy a packet of seeds
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 553
    Obelixx said:
    Never give up on a clematis.  If they get hungry, thirsty, strangled or have stems damaged by slugs they can fail but not for long.   I've had them re-surface 2 or 3 years after apparent death.   

    That's amazing, and really useful info for future reference! 
    I'm trying desperately to think how/where I could fit a couple of summer ones in here! 
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