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Cut out wilt in clematis

A fungal disease named clematis wilt results in the sudden collapse of budding clematis stems. Cleanly cut entire affected stems; the afflicted plant should regrow for blooming next year.

To minimize its recurrence, be careful not to damage fragile stems, remove leaf litter from the base of the plant, and apply a fungicide labeled for this treatment. The best remedy is to select a planting site with good air circulation and to choose clematis varieties less prone to the disease, such as small flowering hybrids and species.

– Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

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