Hi my Montana clemathus has been caught by the frost. The buds has died. Does this mean that the plant has died. My other clematus Montanas are in full bud so why has this one been caught.
Hi Caroline, it's very unusual for montanas to be affected by cold weather - they're very tough. It won't mean it's died though, and you should get more buds appearing.
Is it a new/young plant or an established one? Young plants will find it tougher to cope with the range of temps and weather conditions.
Check the stems lower down and see if there is any sticky, gooey stuff oozing out from any wounds, this is slime flux and is a disease that can attack clematis.
Haven't heard of that before Richard. Is it a common problem, and does it affect some types of clematis more than others?
I have only heard about it on montanas but the RHS website says that it attacks several groups, mainly in Spring.
That's really helpful Richard. I'll keep an eye out - perhaps I've been lucky!
Thank you. Given it lots of water. Plant looks healthy just the buds have all dried up. The plant is five years old. Only time will tell. Let us hope it will be in leaf in a months time. Many thanks
My Montana died with clematis rot in its second year so well done to you, I was so angry with myself but guess that's the joys of gardening.
Does anyone know how far away from a tree montana 's should be planted, or any other type of clematis for that matter?????