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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Aug 1, 2015 12:42 PM CST
I lost a whole Clematis to what I assume was wilt. This was probably some time in June. I read somewhere (cannot remember where) that if you trim it back it might come back the next year.

Does anyone have any experience with this? I have ordered a new Clematis that is similar to replace it. It was part of a combo that I created by mistake. I really loved it and want to have it again next year.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Aug 1, 2015 12:45 PM CST
Ha! I read the info here! During Clematis week.

Still, any real world experience would be appreciated.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Aug 1, 2015 2:10 PM CST
Jennifer...

This is not real life experience, but I think understanding the "why" of something is a step forward. It appears that clematis wilt is caused by a fungus.

http://gardening.about.com/od/perennials/f/Clematis_Wilt.htm

Whether or not the plant can come back next year is something I can't answer. Or if there is further treatment required to rid the plant of fungal infection is also another question I can't answer.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Aug 1, 2015 8:16 PM CST
yeah, its a fungus that usually attacks in the early stages of growth. we had it big time on several of our clematis plants three years ago. must have been something in the air...? they all bloom on new growth so we cut them all down to the ground. they put on new growth that same year but nothing to write home about. but three years later they are blooming like gangbusters. to my knowledge it wont harm the plant itself, but it will do damage to existing leaves and stems.

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