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machomaz21
Jul 5, 2017 6:54 PM CST
I've planted 4 different kinds of clematis vines in 3 different planters and NONE have performed well. On all of them the leaves end up going brown and falling off. Usually it happens one strand of vine at a time. In the past 5 weeks there has been no new growth on any of them. The roots are shaded, the leaves get 6+ hours of light and I've been carefully monitoring the soil moisture. I also fed them after planting. Other types of plants in the same containers are thriving and doing well. Please help!
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Jul 5, 2017 6:59 PM CST
In the first photo it appears one stem has clematis "wilt". Cut that stem back to the earth, give it Epsom Salt (one tablespoon to a gallon of lukewarm water - use the rest of the ES mix on the other clem's). I can't see anything wrong in the second photo.
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Jul 5, 2017 9:27 PM CST

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To support all the upcoming beautiful blooms, a small or new clematis has to build up their root systems so while you may not see a lot going on above ground, be patient while those roots are building up and gaining strength.
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Jul 6, 2017 12:14 AM CST
machomaz21 said:I've planted 4 different kinds of clematis vines in 3 different planters and NONE have performed well. On all of them the leaves end up going brown and falling off. Usually it happens one strand of vine at a time. In the past 5 weeks there has been no new growth on any of them. The roots are shaded, the leaves get 6+ hours of light and I've been carefully monitoring the soil moisture. I also fed them after planting. Other types of plants in the same containers are thriving and doing well. Please help!
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While noting that you say the roots are shaded, I suggest they are not shaded enough in any planter exposed to sun. I used to grow them and only had success when they had a split cinderblock above the roots shading the roots. A frame of 2x8s should also work well.

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