Can clematis wilt occur so early in the season? One of my vines just started drooping yesterday and it's affecting the entire thing, down to the ground. Should I hack it off now and save the rest of the plant? There is also the mitigating factor that a month ago, my dog stepped on the clematis' feet and seemed to have snapped a bit of it below the dirt. It has, however, been fine since-- until yesterday. And, there is another vine coming from the same source as the wilty one, and vine 2 is doing perfectly well.