Posted: 09/04/2017 at 10:09
Don't beat yourself up over this Lolla, I'm new to clematis and have discovered all manner of do's and dont's. The mistake you made is very easy to do, especially when these plant feeds are marketed as though we cannot manage without them.
What I'm learning about clematis is the need to establish a strong root system as priority over top growth. I've got two young plants, bought about a year ago and have kept them well watered with a mulch of homemade compost over the top. New shoots are coming through but I was tempted to feed like yourself until a good friend and gardening guru advised me to stick with just watering. I do hope your plants pull through and wish you good luck.
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And what a good pupil I have 😘 It's nice to see that others don't believe in loads of feed either, let nature take its course. The soil will replenish if you get it in good condition with composts and chicken pellets, then it will sort out its own nutrients. They the only things that go on my garden.
Do agree about feeding long term plants in tubs though, by replacing some of the soil, and an extra feed.