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Hit by the Winter

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Topic: Hit by the Winter
Posted By: Jillsmith63
Subject: Hit by the Winter
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2011 at 8:25pm
I have a large clematis (dark green leaf with pink flower) which usually flowers in early June.
This year there were very few buds which did not come to anything with no leaves. It covers our garage and is just dead wood at the moment. I am wondering if the cold weather has been too much for it or should I prune it back and hopefully revive it?
Look forward to some expert advice.
Thanks
 
JS63


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JS63



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Posted By: Jillsmith63
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2011 at 8:41pm
Originally posted by Jillsmith63

I have a large clematis (dark green leaf with pink flower) which usually flowers in early June.
This year there were very few buds which did not come to anything with no leaves. It covers our garage and is just dead wood at the moment. I am wondering if the cold weather has been too much for it or should I prune it back and hopefully revive it?
Look forward to some expert advice.
Thanks
 
JS63
Just had a look at the website and can confirm that this/was a montana clematis. 

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JS63


Posted By: Nunn00123
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2011 at 10:10pm
It is quite possible that your C. montana could have been severely damaged, or killed by the frosts we had this winter. Also the very dry spell that we had during spring could have weakened an already stressed plant even further.
 
There is one course of action that I am afraid may be a kill or cure situation. Cut back the clematis now to about three feet above groud level, water the plant well  at least 2 gallons of water and in a fortnights time water again, this time add a liquid fertiliser that is high in nitrogen. Growth should start within a month, but If no growth appears by the autumn it is extremely likely that it is dead.
 
Incidentally I used to see many montanas in the Cambridge area in flower in the spring, but over the last two years I have noticed that the numbers have been reduced by at least two thirds, mainly I think this is because of being killed by frost over the past two winters.
 
 



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