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Clematis wilt

Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

Last year I bought a Clematis Pilau, it grew well, was just about to flower, got wilt so I had to cut it back down. 

I had it growing up through the trunk of a buddleja that looked pretty dead so thought I could use that for it to climb up.  

Is the same likely to happen again, should I move to elsewhere before it starts growing too much again.  Is wilt just bad luck or something I'm doing wrong ? Thinking it could go along that bare new fence we have to hide, if I was to move it. 

Any advice, thanks, 


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    How deeply did you plant it peanuts? You really need to plant clematis 4 inches deeper than the crown of the plant, that's the usual method to prevent wilt.

    Try the following link to the RHS for further info.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,099

    Planting them deeper doesn't prevent wilt but it helps the plant recover more easily by encouraging it to grow new shoots when it's been pruned back to remove the affected growth.   The large flowered hybrids are more susceptble than the later flowering viticellas but they can grow out of it once they've got themsleves well established so, every spring, give yours a good dollop of proprietary clematis food which will encourage good roots, shoots and flowers over the season but also a liquid tonic of tomato food when growth starts and then every couple of weeks till flowering starts.


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  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    Great thank you for the advice.  It is just starting to grow again now, so I will feed it and go and buy some tomato food and see how it gets on. 

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