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Clematis leaves are brown and red on TOP

Posted by Digginlife 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 19, 11 at 15:43

I have a clematis from home depot .3yr old and got 1 bloom this year .I am not sure of the type,it was a white bloom.Looks alot like Madame Le Coultre I don't fertilize and it has been very hot here .it gets full morn n afternoon sun.Just this year I planted a shrub in front to protect the roots.So hopefully next year the roots will ahve more coverage I dont believe I'm over watering it.
Couple questions

1Whats causing the top of the plants leaves to turn reddish brown?The bottom is completly fine.Is it just to much sun? Should I move it and when? Is there a type better suited for sunnier areas?

2If I'm unsure of the type of clematis is there any "safe or neutral" way of pruning?

3I currently ahve it attached to a 4ft trellis.Should it be taller? Will it ruin the roots or stems switching to a taller one?

4Some of the leaves look claw shaped on the clematis(Pic2 bottom left) is this normal? (The others in the background are morning glories and moonflowers)

5 Any other tips or comments .? :)

Thanks for any help!
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RE: Clematis leaves are brown and red on TOP

Midsummer problems are because the soil is overheating. I understand you've planted a shrub to help prevent this but it would be in your best interest to mulch the clematis quite heavily with 3 to 4 inches of mulch. And continue to water & often, during these heat spells.

Dax


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RE: Clematis leaves are brown and reddish

I just planted a the Ice Blue Clematis about 2 months ago. There was one flower that bloomed and the leaves are turning a mottled green, and brownish red. Is there something wrong with the plant or is this normal. I can't find any pictures of the leaves


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