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most recent 4 APR 13 SHOW ALL
Reply #1 of 1 posted 25 JUN 08 by Unregistered Guest
My plant grows nicely and has a few flowers. Now it has some dead leaves and stems near the bottom of the plant. A few leaves are wilting and drying near the top. The same thing happened last year. I bought one for my sister at the same time I bought mine and hers is blooming beautifully, as it did last year. Hers is planted on a berm, mine along a fence in the middle of our yard. What could be wrong?
Reply #2 of 1 posted 4 APR 13 by TLMKozak
Sounds like it could be wilt.

Clematis plants can recover from wilt, because it does not attack their root system.
At the first sign of withering or drying, cut the affected stems back to ground level. It sounds severe, but it can save your plant. Dispose of the cuttings somewhere other than the compost. New shoots should emerge from the base shortly, although Washington State University Extension’s fact sheet said “One resource on this subject states that renewed shoots can appear up to three years after the problem, so do not lose heart if this happens.”

Keep the roots water, even if there is no top growth. Remove all remaining growth in the fall and dispose of it. The fungus can over-winter in the dead foliage.

If you wish to use a preventative fungicide, sulfur is recommended.
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