The Q&A Archives: Mrs. Cholmondeley Clemantis

Question: I have a Mrs. Cholmondeley Clemantis that is 3 years old and has been growing very well. I have not pruned it since planting it but it is not over grown. It bloomed this spring but the leaves are turning yellow. What is wrong? What should I do? Thank you.

Answer: Before you do anything drastic, look again at the yellowing leaves. If they're mostly yellow with green veins, there's a probability the surrounding soil is deficient in iron; if they are just yellow and discouraged-looking, they may need a little magnesium. If you have had the problem before that suggests a chemical imbalance. The market abounds with iron tonics, if that's what you (or rather your plants) need. The magnesium deficiency can be cured quite easily with a tablespoonful of Epsom Salts in a gallon of water.

There's always a possibility some other adverse condition is harming the plants, but the first line of attack is to improve their diet.

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