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08/04/2014 at 19:36

Something seems to be having a go at my clematis buds. Does anyone have a suggestion of what may be having dinner at the flowers' expense? I can't believe it is slugs from the balancing they would have to do! Suggestions and solutions gratefully received

Sorry pics are a bit fuzzy  String is nicely in focus though  

08/04/2014 at 19:59

Slugs love clematis and you'd be surprised at their agility and stamina.   Bit early for earwigs which do similar damage to dahias so try a double whammy with wildlife friendly slug pellets and some straw packed into wee pots upside down on the end of sticks to trap any earwigs.

08/04/2014 at 20:38

Oh bother. Grrrr. Flipping slugs etc  

Thanks Obelixx 

Should I start a new thread, what wildlife friendly slug pellets do you recommend?

08/04/2014 at 21:12

yep,slugs really do ,and so do snails


08/04/2014 at 21:52

I had same damage last year and it was caterpillars check under leaves and around the trellis 

08/04/2014 at 21:58

Panda - if you are going to use pellets the ones with "ferric" something are better - steer clear of the methaldehyde (??) ones which exterminate everything in sight.  I find copper rings in a circle round the base of my clematis do the trick too, because slugs can actually chomp through the stems at the base and then you lose the whole lot (although mine did resprout, and seem none the worse for it)

08/04/2014 at 22:08

Thanks cairnsie. Will have a look tomorrow. Guess I can't 'protect' against them 

09/04/2014 at 21:08

arghhhhh, me too!  My buds are hollow!  Can it really be slugs? No slime that I could see on the wall.  And how do they get to the buds?? Further investigation needed. Will try in morn.

09/04/2014 at 21:11

Will def be interested in your findings noodle  Please can you let me know what your investigations turn up?

09/04/2014 at 21:16

yes, will do.  I've got an open flower with no petals, just the centre. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

09/04/2014 at 21:31

That doesn't sound good. At least I have some flowers that have made it open.

09/04/2014 at 21:40

well there's no need to rub it in 

09/04/2014 at 22:35


10/04/2014 at 13:42

Hey Panda!  Well I had a look first thing. All I could find was 2 tiny bugs.  Picture of one below. 

No snail/ slug tracks.  And they'd have to go over either bark or gravel, up the wall and then somehow jump over to the flowers.  And the nibbles holes are quite small on most buds.  Perhap the slugs are jumping out and taking one bite before they land....

Anyway this is the tiny bug.... you see the three moles on my hand near the base of my thumb?  Well the top one isn't a mole...

 and that's all I found.  Any ideas??


12/04/2014 at 21:31

Hi Panda,

mine's looking a bit better this weekend. How's yours doing? Any improvement?

12/04/2014 at 21:40

Well the flowers are still coming out even though they have holes. Haven't noticed any more holes  Have now got slug and snail pubs at the bottom of the clematis (and on my patio too near my tulips). I now also own some slug pellets (apparently mine are kind to animals) so will be putting them out tomorrow 

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