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What is wrong with my Clematis??

Hi Everyone Happy Xmas and New Gardening Year !

imageI just need advice on Clematis please, I planted it up in September and it was alive and thriving , now since it has been a mild Autumn/winter then colder and light Snow this week, it has gone dry, brown and crispy?? It is in a deep pot ( with good drainage) and on a South facing wall, so what could be wrong? I really want a climber in my small patio, but haven't had much success here or in my last house, help?? Connie


  • Hello Connie77image

    Do you know the name of the variety?  Many/most clematis are deciduous and lose their leaves in the winter, so this may be perfectly normal behaviour.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845

    Hi Connie, first things first... Do you know its name?

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
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  • connie77connie77 Posts: 151
    Hi , thankks for advice, can't remember plant type, sorry on that it has light mauve flowers, i have it in a deep planter at present against a south facing wall, i'm sure it will be ok, just me panicking as i have lost one before, Connie
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,707

    Hi Connie. I agree with all the comments above. All my clematis look like sticks at the moment. I read that your clematis is situated in a pot on a south facing wall. Clematis like their heads in the sun but a cool root run during the summer so just ensure that the pot keeps relatively cool or the plant may not be too happy. Happy New Year everyone!

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,000

    This is normal for all except the evergreen clematis.    Wait till spring and then prune it back to a healthy pair of buds on each stem.   Give it a generous top dressing of proper clematis food and a boost of liquid rose or tomato food and make sur eit has good supprots in place for all the new growth that will follow.

    Clematis are very thirsty, hungry plants so in a pot it is entirely dependent on you for all the food and water it needs to keep it healthy and flowering.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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