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I was glad to receive help when I recently mentioned my disappointment with clematis bud collapse, and now I have this similar problem again with the second plant, which is growing alongside the original. Unlike the first plant, these buds have grown big and fat and I was so relieved to think that I would have some flowers after the first plant had started to wilt. There have been no signs of slugs and indeed I have been careful to protect it from these, however when I went out this morning, the buds are all drooping. Nowhere have I read, that too much water might be the cause, and I am wondering if in fact the amount of rain we have had over the last few days, may have caused this, the plant (s) live in a tub and I am wondering if the water hasn't had time to drain out before another deluge, the rain just keeps coming :-( Can I now assume I will not see any blooms this summer, and is there anything I can do to help it please.?

Sparrows have also destroyed 80 Montana buds, this has never happened before, it is a mystery



hi that is a shame. Certainly waterlogging can cause plant collapse as the roots are not able to take up oxygen and therefore vital oxygen demanding activities cant happen.
Are there drainage holes in the tubs they are standing in? If yes and they are standing directly on the ground move the containers and this may break a 'plug' of soil that is preventing free drainage.
Many plants if they fail to flower at first will try again as it is the 'urge to reproduce' that makes them form flowers in the first place.
So don't lose heart.

26 May, 2021


Thank you for that good tip, yes there are drainage holes, but there has been such a deluge over the past few days with the torrential rain never stopping up here in the North Yorkshire. . I am so glad to know that the second plant will keep trying to produce buds, and in the meantime I will move the tub.

26 May, 2021


Its been the same in East Yorks. I'm starting to grow webbing between my toes!

26 May, 2021


Wish you could send a few days' worth over here. We've been in a drought for the past 20 years or more!
A faster draining, more porous mix might be in order for future plantings.

27 May, 2021


Hahahaha, yes, I thought I would go to Whitby for the day, last week
and found East Yorks was really awash.

Where are you located Tugbrethil? 20 years of drought, wow! That is something we will never experience here in the UK
Thank you for the tip about the mix

27 May, 2021


I live in Phoenix, Arizona, Templeton. It's not like we haven't been getting any rain, but precipitation has been far below normal all over the state for a long time, now.
Back to your problem, be sure not to leave a layer of gravel in the bottom of the tub. Old gardening books recommend the gravel "for drainage", but it actually slows or stops the drainage. Pieces of plastic counted cross stitch screen over the drain holes hold in the soil, without stopping the drainage.

27 May, 2021

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