Flowers have browned on Sweet Autumn

charisbogradSeptember 1, 2013

I have had a Sweet Autumn Clematis appear in my garden. I know they can be invasive and many of you don't like them; however, I am happy about this especially since it is growing along an ugly railing I wanted to cover up. I just noticed it about a month ago and for the past few weeks it has had beautiful, fragrant flowers. When I checked it yesterday the flowers are all brown and dead. The leaves still seem green and healthy. Should I just cut off the brown parts? Why would the flowers have died? It gets a lot of afternoon sun but I have read that they like sun and I assume they would not plant themselves in a bad spot. I have not watered it because we have had significant rainfall.
I am also wondering if I can train it to grow sideways along the rail since the rail isn't tall. Thank you.

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opheliathornvt zone 5

Well, I was hoping someone with more experience would chime in, but since they haven't, I will. I am in zone 5 and my sweet autumn is just now blooming. I'll have to look at the blooms as they die to see if they look like yours, but I don't think it's a problem with the plant itself, which does look nice and healthy as you said. The flowers probably just died off after blooming, which is perfectly normal and you can cut them off if you don't like the look. You certainly can train it to grow sideways. Mine grows straight up until it reaches the floor of my deck, some 10' up and then I train it to run along the railings. In the spring, you can cut yours back to about 6", as I do with mine every year.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:12AM
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