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I planted a clematis this year which didn't flower and has now turned brown like its dead, can anyone tell me if I should leave it alone or pull it up?
It certainly sounds bad.
You could try snapping the stems just above a leaf joint, starting at the top of the plant and working down to the ground, to see if the stems as well as the leaves are dead. If they are dead they will be very brittle and break easily.
Sometimes the leaves die but the stems are alive, so try this and you may be pleasantly surprised.
Sometimes, as waterbutts says, Clematis is very surprising - even if you're almost sure it's dead, don't pull it up - I have been amazed by new spring shoots from 'dead' ones before. I'd cut it right back later in the autumn and leave the roots where they are - either it'll come up in spring or you'll have forgotten it's there anyway! ~(or is that just me?)
Happens to me too Sarah. It can take a couple of years for a clematis to settle in and perform and I have several I call Lazarus as they have come back from the dead, sometimes after a 2 year gap and by then I've lost the label and have no idea what they are any more. Always a nice surprise though.
Happens to me to - think they're such greedy feeders they know they've got to get their root system well established before they start doing that fancy flowering stuff
great name obelixx the same thing happened to me.........not with a clementis but with an everlasting sweatpea. Cut if right off at the ground one year.......thought I'd killed it. After about 18 months disappearance,up it poppped a few months ago and is really going for it, no flowers but it's very much alive. Amazed that it stayed alive in the ground with no light
Clematis can surprise you. I'd cut it back to ground level and watch what happens in the Spring - it may re-grow.
If you've planted it deeply enough, the roots like to be cool, then cutting it back should do it little harm. Patience is whats needed.