Clematis forum: 3rd year issue with Comtesse de Bouchaud

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Jun 26, 2013 10:19 AM CST
Comtesse de Bouchaud has been an issue for the past 3 years. It was doing fine for 5 years and then this keeps happening. Yellow foliage. I cut it all the way back this spring, fed it alfalfa tea and then a dose of acidifier (recommend by someone) but still it developed this foliage issue.
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I was thinking to cut it back , dig it out and transplant it to somewhere else. Is it worth it? Or is there another solution to get this back to having green foliage?

Thanks for any suggestions.


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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
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Sheridragonfly
Jun 29, 2013 10:05 AM CST
Epsom salts in water..will that work
I know it will green up a plant well..

I have her to and love her
she has some yellow foliage here too maybe due to heat
she is in partial sun though..

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Calif_Sue
Jun 29, 2013 11:10 AM CST

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It most likely is something about the soil and what the plant isn't getting, hard to say without a soil test. I did come across an old post where someone else mentioned the same clematis having the same yellow leaves issue. Several mentioned to try adding the Epsom salts as Sheri mentioned. Make sure to add lots of compost and mulch well too every year. The mulch and compost will break down to feed your soil.
Found some good care tips on Silver Star Vinery site, see Additional Tips for the yellow leaves/epsom salts formula:
http://www.silverstarvinery.com/care.asp
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Name: Julia
Upstate NY (Zone 6a)
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JuliaNY
Jun 30, 2013 5:49 PM CST
Thank you for the advice. I'm going to the market tomorrow so will pick up some epsom salts and see if that helps. I'd hate to destroy this one as it has always been such a beautiful bloomer.

Julia
Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Jul 22, 2013 3:34 PM CST
Best compost in a bag I have used is Black Kow from Lowe's..
Wonderful feel to it and fluffy and light and works great
Sheri

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