Help, something has been nibbling the tasty new shoots on one of my clematis. I can see no evidence of who the culprit may be but have tried slug pellets just in case, without success.
Any ideas? I have two clematis fairly close together however it is only one that is affected. The same thing happened last year so I've yet to see it flower.
Georgial - any chance of a photo?
It could be earwigs - they are partial to clematis flowers.
You can't eradicate them, but you can catch them in newspaper-stuffed pots inverted on a cane close to the plants. Earwigs will take shelter in these pots during the day and can be disposed of.
vine weevil? i had the problem too, last year. i did have a lot of earwigs, come to think of it. but i also had a lot of vine weevil. there does not (yet) seem to be a problem with it this spring, since i treated everywhere with the nematode in the autumn. good tip about the earwigs.
I've had the same problem with a clematis for two years running, here is the thread I started and the conclusion to my problem
Thanks for all the advise. I'll try tips re the ear wigs this weekend and will do a bit of research on vine weevil. Strangely enough, since I started this thread doesn't appear to have been any more damage - perhaps the wee beasties know I'm on to them....