Is this wilt, mold, insects - is my Clematis dying?
I've been so busy with other projects in my yard this year that I didn't notice how bad my Clematis had gotten! Some of the lower leaves started to brown in July, but I figured it was just from the very hot and dry weather.
I have been watering it every day, except for when it rains of course.
These brown leaves are now all the way up almost half way, a few have holes in them, and a few have whitish bits on them.
It's a Jackmanii Clematis, and I just planted it this past spring.
It flowered quite a lot for it's first year (repeatedly), but it's spindly. I was going to trim it back in the spring. However, I'm worried that it's actually dying and that because the lower parts are ALL brown leaves, that if I cut it back too far it will hurt it.