I planted a clematis this year which didn't flower and has now turned brown like its dead, can anyone tell me if I should leave it alone or pull it up? 


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Hello Danielm2323,

    It certainly sounds bad.

    You could try snapping the stems just above a leaf joint, starting at the top of the plant and working down to the ground, to see if the stems as well as the leaves are dead. If they are dead they will be very brittle and break easily.

    Sometimes the leaves die but the stems are alive, so try this and you may be pleasantly surprised.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,199

    Happens to me too Sarah.  It can take a couple of years for a clematis to settle in and perform and I have several I call Lazarus as they have come back from the dead, sometimes after a 2 year gap and by then I've lost the label and have no idea what they are any more.   Always a nice surprise though.

    The Vendée, France
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,870

    Happens to me to - think they're such greedy feeders they know they've got to get their root system well established before they start doing that fancy flowering stuff image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,294

    great name obelixximage the same thing happened to me.........not with a clementis but with an everlasting sweatpea. Cut if right off at the ground one year.......thought I'd killed it. After about 18 months disappearance,up it poppped a few months ago and is really going for it, no flowers but it's very much alive. Amazed that it stayed  alive in the ground with no lightimage

  • Clematis can surprise you. I'd cut it back to ground level and watch what happens in the Spring - it may re-grow.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    If you've planted it deeply enough, the roots like to be cool, then cutting it back should do it little harm. Patience is whats needed.

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