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Clematis leaves drying

Posted by true-blue Zone 4 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 22, 13 at 14:38

Hi, I've got a group 2 clematis, multi-blue, 3-4 years old, growing at the inside space of my arbor. At the outside space there is a Quadra rose, which I planted this year. Here is a photo of it, in flowers this year:
Multi-blue in flower photo IMG_1715_zps0159d496.jpg
Each year after it's spring flowering, it's lower leaves turn yellowish, here is a photo of the leaves as of today:
In between photo IMG_1980_zpse660fd37.jpg
This year it has been particularly bad, the plant looks half dead at the bottom,
Really bad - below photo IMG_1981_zps9a1ab3c3.jpg
However, as you can see, the top branches, which I trimmed in June are sprouting out new, healthy shoots now.
Top growth photo IMG_1982_zpsff6d95b4.jpg
We had a lot of rain this spring, especially in July. A little less in August. The roots are completely in shade and there is some compost/mulch at it's feet.
Is this pattern normal, or I'm doing something very wrong?

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RE: Clematis leaves drying

Those dry leaf edges are symptoms of a water shortage.

Even though you've had a lot of rain, have you checked the soil moisture content at the clematis? If not, I suggest you do so.

RE: Clematis leaves drying

Thank you Jean. You're right. Anyway we had a lot of rain last night so everything should be back in order. I will monitor it from now on.

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