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Clematis Sally Euipo007- yellow leaves?

HeyHo!HeyHo! Posts: 80
I bought this beautiful clematis during lockdown. It is flowering so well but noticed the leaves are turning yellow. Is it normal?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,803
    It's a normal event for deciduous plants whose leaves are dying off for winter.

    Next spring, as new buds form, give it a generous feed of slow release fertiliser for clematis, roses or tomatoes as these contain the elements that encourage healthy growth and flowering and, if you like, a good mulch of well-rotted compost or manure after making sure the soil is thoroughly damp after some good rain.

    Using clean, sharp secateurs, nip out any stems that have no new buds but don't give it a hard prune as it flowers on old stems.  After it has established itself in 2 or 3 years time and has a good, strong root system you can, if you like , cut back the stems in spring to encourage more new and vigorous stems to form.  Train these horizontally and diagonally acros supports to increase flower production.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • HeyHo!HeyHo! Posts: 80
    Thank you Obelixx,  noted. If it is normal at this time of the year even with though it is producing lots flowers, I will feed it in spring as you mention.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,803
    This range of clematis from Evison has been bred to be prolific flowerers but even they will succumb to changes in daylight hours and temperatures.  All clematis are hungry, thirsty plants so feeding is essential every spring.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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