Clematis Plants
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Has my Clematis died?

Zone Essex United Kingdom | sheila51 added on October 4, 2016 | Answered

My Clematis has gone totally dark brown. I do not believe this is due to a lack of watering, as I watered frequently; therefore, my question is did I over-water it? What causes clematis to go like this?

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Alisma
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Answered on October 5, 2016

It is possible to overwater clematis, especially if you have poorly draining soil such as heavy clay. Overwatering would more typically cause leaves to turn yellow before they turn brown. Toxins in the soil such as excessive salt or fertilizer can also be a problem, particularly if the plant is close to a road.

There is also the possibility of a disease:

https://extension.psu.edu/pests/plant-diseases/all-fact-sheets/clematis-diseases

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