Is my clematis dead?

(10 Posts)
richmondone Fri 17-Mar-17 20:41:23

I have a clematis along my fence, but I can't find any buds on it and everything else in my garden is starting to bud. I have snapped off some ends of the climber and they are dry inside. It's a few years old and has grown well. I didn't give it much attention last year because of having a baby!

My questions: is it gone for good and I should just rip it out? Or does it bud late? I thought clematis were quite hard to kill...

Chasingsquirrels Fri 17-Mar-17 20:42:58

I'd leave it a while, it might send shoots up from just underground or it might just be late.
Having said that all mine are shooting away atm.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Fri 17-Mar-17 20:45:34

I have one that doesn't shoot until mid/late May depending on the weather. It's then a rampant beasty the whole summer.

LapdanceShoeshine Fri 17-Mar-17 20:53:01

The old growth will be dead, but it should be beginning to bud at the joints. If you can't find any green anywhere it might have had it smile

(I've got a summer-flowering one, a few years old, in fairly poor condition in a tub; all the old dead growth is still there (I'm a rubbish gardener) but there are big buds sprouting too. & I'm up north! )

BestIsWest Fri 17-Mar-17 20:53:24

I think this most years.

traviata Sat 18-Mar-17 09:15:30

I have a clematis montana which has only just started to show tiny grey-ish green buds. All my others have leaves on the new shoots. I'd give it a few more weeks.

richmondone Sat 18-Mar-17 09:29:29

Thanks all! Will give it another couple of weeks and hope for the best hmm

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Sat 18-Mar-17 09:32:59

It depends how warm the soil is and how much sun it is getting- my garden varies considerably in different spots and it's a small garden. I would leave it another month to check before even thinking about digging it up smile

AstrantiaMajor Sat 18-Mar-17 11:51:19

I was really tempted to but a cattle prod to zap my DH. So many times I would find him pulling away at 'dead' clematis that were really just dormant. I would wait another month if I were you.

CheepAndOrm Sat 18-Mar-17 11:58:30

I chopped mine all down to the ground (in an attempt to kill them) - they're all sending shoots up already.
If the bits you cut are all dry inside those bits are dead, if you cut all the branches and they're all like that, try the main stem that goes into the ground. If that's not dead it'll grow.
They're like weeds.
Not saying i dislike them...They're just fast growing and persistent

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