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Storm casualties - what can I do?

Hi all, 

Only recently planted 3 clematis - last week in fact and the recent storm has battered them into submission. Only two days ago they looked really healthy, twinung around my trellis and even forming buds. 

Today I checked moisture levels - unsurprisingly they don't need watering - and noticed black leaves and withered bits?! Is this because of too much rain, the wind or both? 

Most importantly, what can I do to help? 

Of the three I planted the Montana Vera still looks healthy.

This is the leaves of Clematis Niobe 



and this is Clematis Duchess of Edinburgh, identical damage 


Can these be saved? Or should/could I return them? (No idea if they would replace anyway) 



  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,925

    I don't think there's anything to worry about too much there. With some decent weather they will soon be growing quickly. They've just been bashed about and are bruised.
    I've got lots of foxgloves the were about 6ft tall yesterday that are now 6ft long and laying on top of everything else... It's a bit early for autumn storms, but not a lot we can do about the weather

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    A couple of blackened leaves is nothing to worry about, the plants will be fine.  Snip them off if you don't like looking at them, the plant will grow more.  Serious storm damage would be if it had snapped the main stem at the base....and it would still grow back image.

    I see no reason to dig them up and return them, the retailer isn't responsible for bad weather.

  • Right ok image

    Thanks both of you.

    It's ever so slightly obvious that I'm new to gardening ha ha! Panic over, I shall get a grip image

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    We've all been there sweetfish, fretting about the health of our "new babies" image.

    I'm still astounded by the flush of new growth after I've chopped a group 3 clematis down to the ground.  If you've not grown Clem's before I recommend reading up on which pruning group yours are in.  It's all a bit confusing for a novice....I'm still learning image

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,472

    Iceberg climber and niobe clematis is in a heap by the fence image. Some snapped clematis shoots but I'll do more damage untangling them. I'm going to attach the mass to the fence again and wait to see which bits wither.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    Our clematis growing in its frame was on its side yesterday! Was going to perch it back up again last night but due to the high winds over night I didn't bother image

  • Sorry to hear about everyone else's damage too image

    I think I'd be in tears if my 6foot foxgloves were on the ground Pete8 

    Kitty 2, Yes exactly, I'd been so relieved when they'd actually started to y'know, grow! Haha.

    These are both Type 2 image I'd wanted an evergreen clematis or two, as I'd read they are the easiest i.e.: no pruning therefore less mistakes for me to make but the GC had none. The Montana is obviously more resilient, and had grown quicker so I suppose it was supported better. That's a Type 1, which needs no pruning right? Unless it starts misbehaving. I had read about Type 3 and mentally backed away thinking there's no way that would come back to life for me! image

    B3 & Torg22 - hope your clematis recover. 

    BTW is there a proper term for the plural of clematis? Clemati? Clematum? Clematisses? image

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,472

    SEF. I don't even know how to pronounce clematis clem-aytis clem-attis maybe it's an uncountable noun 

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3 says:

    SEF. I don't even know how to pronounce clematis clem-aytis clem-attis maybe it's an uncountable noun 

    See original post

     I've heard both.  I tend to mainly use clem - attis but who knows! 

    Being the sad individual I am, I confess to googling the plural and apparently it's clematis for both singular and plural. I have to say it was a bit of an anti climax image 

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,472

    Clem-aytis sounds like a disease to me so I'm with attis too.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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