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Honeysuckle dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:50


Honeysuckle dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:15

We'll have to disagree on that one Buddyboy  - in my experience honeysuckle leaves show purplish-black blotches prior to the development of the white powdery bloom for which Powdery Mildew is well known.  This fungal mycellium engulfs the leaves which frequently become distorted. 

Emily says the plant is growing.  There are no indications of nitrogen deficiency.

Ad hoc applications of nitrogen, rather than a balanced fertiliser, can cause other problems for the plant and I would only advise doing this following a proper analysis of the soil's fertility. 

Honeysuckle dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:39

No need for additional nitrogen - that will result in soft growth which will be prone to more disease.

Fish, Blood and Bone is an organic balanced fertiliser containing roughly equal amounts of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium.  


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:34

We love shield bugs 

Honeysuckle dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:06

Hi Emily - it has honeysuckle powdery mildew.  It attacks honeysuckles which are struggling a bit, usually because it's got too dry and warm at the roots.  They need moist and cool roots.

Give it a feed with Fish Blood & Bone (as directed on the pack) and give it a good watering.  Then mulch with garden compost or well-rotted manure (don't let the manure touch the stems).  If the area around the honeysuckle roots gets direct sun at any time find a way to shade it.  

All that will give the honeysuckle the strength to outgrow the condition.

My new honeysuckle has done exactly the same and lost all its leaves due to mildew because the garden centre had allowed the pot to dry out (that's how I got it cheap).  However, I've treated it as above, and it is now putting on healthy new growth. 

ID if poss please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:54

Looks like my Japanese Anemones at the moment. 

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:53

Even my newly planted bergenia in another bed is about a foot wide - I think those lovely big shiny leaves would get trashed by the wheelie bins.

how to make a nice tea without warming the plot

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:51

I think I've got a chill - bedroom window wide open last night and summer duvet on 

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:40

Geranium mac. is sounding more and more the likely choice 

how to make a nice tea without warming the plot

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:39

But I prefer coffee Alan ........ no rain here ....... yet, but it's a mite chilly 

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