Dealing with clematis wilt disease and learning what can be done about it.
Really, truly, I don't mean to just keep throwing sad tales your way, but this is what my four-year-old clematis looks like today after putting out some lush growth, lots of buds, and two blooms.
Can you see the leaves and buds? The ones drooping and wilting? The collapsed blooms?
No? Well, here's a closer view:
It really looks like it's not getting enough water.
Except...if you've hung around here long enough, you know full well that we've spent the spring drowning. So you know that the ground is saturated.
Since plants seem to outgrow this and can be cut back and put out new growth, the idea that it's some sort of fungus seems out of date. I'm more inclined to agree with the majority on this garden forum that it's some sort of vascular problem: the root can't support the top growth.
And here's the thing- this is the only one of my six clematis that doesn't ever have new growth coming out of the root, there's only a woody stem supporting the vine. I cut it back each spring to new buds and clean out old growth, but I've never had this wilting before.
Have any of you ever dealt with this?
Sigh. I guess I have to cut it back hard and wait for new growth (one article said it may take up to three years!) to see if it will outgrow this as some suggested.
This would have to be the view in front of my kitchen window.