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need some professional advice on Ramona and Niobe

Posted by roseberri 5b (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 4, 09 at 13:12

hi I am sort of a clematis newcomer, I have had a Ramona and Niobe for a few years, got them with no idea how to care for them. they did ok but didn't produce many flowers so two years ago I transplanted them to a sunnier spot on a trellis. (together) This year they began to bloom more and looked pretty good until they were done blooming when they began to turn brown and crispy. I had cut them back because they are like young clematis and I had read here you should cut them back and feed them for the first few years until they get lots of stems coming from the roots. Did I do something wrong? They have new growth coming from all the leaf nodes now, was this because of the weather/ not enough water? too much? I need help!

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RE: need some professional advice on Ramona and Niobe

No, you didn't do anything wrong. Pruning them back is just what you should do after bloom for the first 2-3 years. As long as they're not planted to close to one another, it sounds fine. Water deeply - once a week, or when dry, mulch.

RE: need some professional advice on Ramona and Niobe

You did nothing wrong. Type II Clematis do often "brown out" in summer when they don't get enough water. Cutting them back and starting over works.

RE: need some professional advice on Ramona and Niobe

Thank you both for the reassurance! They are looking a little better now.

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