Tip of the Week
Tip of the Week: Drooping Clematis Vines
The sudden drooping of clematis vines that are about to bloom is caused by clematis wilt disease. Remove affected stems entirely, sterilizing pruners between cuts with a bleach solution. Affected plants will regrow and may flower next year. Avoid heavy mulching of clematis vines, which can harbor the disease's fungal spores, and clean up last year's litter. Smaller flowering varieties of clematis tend to be far more wilt-resistant.