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Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:07

Yes - I should have mentioned that my other clemmy (only two metres away) is thriving quite happily, so yours should be fine

Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:46

Hi Trial and Error,

I tried rescuing it, but to no avail. The entire thing has died a very swift death. I doubt very much the infection would spread to your other clematis unless it developed a crack in its bark, and I found with mine that the slime in the diseased one ceased pretty much as soon as the sap supply ran out.

The bacteria live in the soil anyway, apparently, so I would imagine that replacing the soil wouldn't make a huge amount of difference. According to the interwebs, you should be able to replant if nothing at all recovers.

Sorry for your loss!



Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 20:11

Ah, I think I've worked it out - slime flux. Winds the other day must have opened up some of the wood. Boo hoo :'( :'(

Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 19:55

Hello all,

I have a clematis montana that is suffering. It has this gooey, white sludge at its base, and a little bit of fluffy white mould on about 5 inches of the branches higher up.

I checked it over because I noticed it wasn't budding any green leaves like my other clematis is. There are some small, brown buds on the stems, but they look a bit dead. I broke open a couple of the smaller branches, and they were still green inside. What should I do? Worth a spray or not? And what sort of spray? I can't find anything on the web about gooey mould, only powdery mould!

Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 20:04

Great, will do. Thanks for the advice!

Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:57

Thanks, Philippa! We don't have any heat sources yet... holding off on the heating for now.

Looking at Google images, it's not a rex. It's currently pumping out yellow flowers by the bucket-load. Will take your advice and leave it in then  


Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:22

I have an indoor begonia - not entirely sure which type - that needs only weekly watering. At the moment it's doing fabulously, but I'm worried about what to do when I go on holiday for a fortnight. Normally I just dump all the houseplants outside and hope it's warm and wet enough to keep them happy, but with November approaching, I'm not sure if this particular plant will cope. 

I will try to get hold of an indoor watering system (if I have time), but if I can't, which is better: letting it go without water for two weeks, or putting it out in the cold?


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 15:00

No. Lion pellets don't work after a few weeks. I've had some success with an electronic squawker, but now the cats know its exact range and coverage, so I have to keep moving it! I've heard those motion-activated water squirters are quite good. There's one called a Defender and another by Contech on Amazon for ~ £50


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 14:37

I'm sure your cats are wonderful and that you are a responsible owner, but sadly many gardeners have found that other cat owners are not so careful!

Hmm... how to bring such a ruling into force? I suppose, just as the dog warden picks up stray dogs, he/she could catch any cats found wandering around. Might need a few more wardens though. And some nets on long sticks... and some clever traps!!


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 14:24

One brave person put this on - but they're not getting much support...

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Mouldy, gooey clematis :-(

Can I save my clematis montana? 
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Stupid weather!

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