Clematis forum: Dried leaves on Dr. Ruppel

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Jul 4, 2012 7:17 PM CST
Don't know what happened but I didn't get the man that does my prunning and mulching to prune and fed my clematis in March like I usually do. It had and still has even more brown, dried leaves in the back of the clematis. It has finished blooming and all this 90-104 degree is going to make more dried leaves I'm afraid. Should I try to pick off the dried leaves by hand. I want to deep water it tomorrow morning, all around the roots. Just laying the hose down and let it slowly dribble out at the base/roots and get really soaked.

Can he prune it back in late fall and feed it then? It's a type 2..
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Jul 14, 2012 8:12 PM CST
Can somebody help me out here and advise me what I can do to make the clematis look better. It's finished blooming. Will I do damage if I remove those dried leaves ? Should I feed it anything now? I have Bayer Rose and flower food(liquid) and I have the granules too.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Jul 14, 2012 8:18 PM CST

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Hi, Pippi. Sorry this call for help got lost in the shuffle. Removing dried leaves can't hurt. I would use the granules rather than the liquid, unless you use the liquid at half-strength. Manufacturers tend to advise the use of too much fertilizer because it's in their interest if you use it up quickly and have to buy more.

Yes, some people do prune type 2 Clematises in fall. See how it looks then. I usually wait until spring for the type 2 vines, but it's possible to do it in fall.

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