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Bought a myself a pricey ...... £21.50....(well it is for me) armandii appleblossom clematis, good and healthy from a good garden centre.

I would estimate it is approx 3 years old, and well established in its big pot.

I planted it approx a month ago next to a dublin climbing rose with a hope that the clematis will grow and scramble up and over it.

on checking on it, i noticed all the bottom leaves have gone......possibly slugs, so went out night after night and found a few in and around the clematis , but not actually on it....r.i.p...sorted.

Then yesterday in good light I noticed that the growing tips  were frazeled black, and where the leaves had been been there was little blackened bits.

Now those of you who have seen my previous posts, will know that I frequently rant on about my lovely now etsablished pyracantha's having a bad case of FIREBLIGHT...yuk!

my new clematis, can they suffer with the dreaded blight, I know it's not a pear, but I have seen similar blackening with pear midge? (on pears of course)

Any ideas on how I can rescue my clematis please!




  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    At least Clematis cannot get Fireblight which is basically systemic to Rosacease.

    Also C. armandii is not normally affected by Clematis Wilt but it really does sound like that nasty thing.. It could also be wind damage or even the molluscs having rasped away the covering of the base of the stem so the stem dies back.

    I hope you planted it deeply so that is can re-shoot from below soil level.

    I would be tempted to cut back the affected stems to ground level and feed it with somethiong to encourage new growth.

    Best of  luck with it.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,574

    Take Berghill's advice and be patient.   I've known clematis do a Lazarrus and come back to life after 2 years with no sign of growth.

    You can buy specialist clematis food but I would also give it an instant tonic of liquid tomato food which your rose will like too.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Right guys!   good to know clematis cannot get fireblight, and thank you for your help.

    just to give you a better picture of things.

    1st. the clematis is at a approx height of 6' and the big leaves at the top are in good condition,

    2nd. it consists of two strong growing stems with all its healthy leaves  still intact at approx 1' from the base, and upwards.

    It is the middle section that the leaves have gone. (eaten as I thought) but! looking closer at the arms that are left, these appear to be crispy blackened ends and this blackening has took place at the growing tips????

    I would say that apart from this problem, the plant is healthy and in my opinion is not suffering wilt, which I have witnessed on other clematis's that Iv'e had.

    wind damage...No! it is interwined with the established rose and very well protected from wind burn, or wind damage.

    as regards the planting, Yes! it is in deep, and as you say i do give some tomatoe food as a treat.


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    In that case, just gently remove the damaged leaves, as long as the stem is ok and wait and see!

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    Iv'e managed to get apiccy of the blackened tips of my armanii apple blossom clematis,in the hope that someone may have seen this blackening problem before or on similar plants and can offer me some help/solution.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,254

    Anyone creosoted a fence nearby?

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • No, almost looks like frost nipped, but we haven't had any where I live and as I have said the clematis is well protected by the rose.

    Plus my other nine or so clematisis are fine.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    Does not look like Wilt either,  very strange.

  • I'm wondering if I should lift it and put it in a spot where I can keep my eye to it,

    because being threaded through the rose means it's not easy to get to.



  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    I think I would be going back to the place where I bought it, taking a dying leaf with me and asking ofr their opinion. Unless you have had it some time they should replace it if it has a Virus problem.

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