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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.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,674

    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.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,056
    I know it sounds unlikely but is there any way it could be suffering from drought at the roots? Sometimes the flower buds will dry and either if the plant doesn't get enough water.
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  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Perhaps stem damage?
  • 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.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,674

    Haven't heard of that before Richard. Is it a common problem, and does it affect some types of clematis more than others?

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • I have only heard about it on montanas but the RHS website says that it attacks several groups, mainly in Spring.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,674

    That's really helpful Richard. I'll keep an eye out - perhaps I've been lucky! 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • 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

  • PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

    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?????

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