The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Clematis turned brown

Question: I purchased a Monrovia Evergreen Clematis and it was doing well and this winter it has turned brown. Is it supposed to do that or is it dying? I don't understand what happened. It was beautiful and then all of a sudden it was brown.

Answer: If your clematis is growing in well draining soil (the roots didn't become waterlogged over the winter months), then I would suspect a disease called clematis wilt. This disease enters through a wound in the bark and moves through the plant quickly. There's not much you can do except cut away the affected plant parts and wait for the roots to send up healthy new sprouts. Best wishes with your clematis!

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