Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
I have a weird problem with three clematis plants which are growing adjacent to each other. The first one is a montana 'Elizabeth' that was planted last year and was intended to climb an alder tree. Both this year and last it has commenced growing well, but at about this time the growing tops have slowly wilted and stopped growing. In two years it has only made progress up the tree or about 4ft. The second one, Mme Julie Correvon planted two years ago, did well last year, but this year it is producing tiny flowers with mis-shapen petals. The third one Comtesse de Bouchard grew normally and produced a good crop of normal flowers. This year it was pruned as group 3, but has romped off upwards and has now produced a crop of small flowers all at the top.
They were all fed in the spring and have been well watered since and the roots are shaded, so I am at loss to account for the weird behaviour. The only common denominator is the soil they are planted in and I am inclined to be a bit ruthless, dig them up and remove all the exiting soil and replace it with new, replanting with new plants, maybe only two this time but I thought before going off half cocked I would seek the opinions of GoY members who have proved so helpful in the past.
- 13 Jul, 2010