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Honeysuckle problem - pest or fungus?

hi all

I'm having some problems with some newly planted honeysuckle. 

Some of the leaves have literally gone black overnight, I did spray bug clear as they were having problems, even after soapy wash & neem oil! 

Im thinking some may be slugs, so I've put egg shell all around the bottom but there's other damage & I don't know what it is - is it a fungus instead? It was growing fine, then boom, leaves destroyed ????

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,293

    Your honeysuckle looks pretty good to me. Leaves will not remain perfect throughout the summer, but yours aren't bad at all. There could be a bit of powdery mildew which can indicate a drought problem. 

    Clear the grass away from around the base. It needs a clear circle of  about 1 metre diameter otherwise the grass will compete for nutrition and moisture.

    Honeysuckle is a very thirsty plant. Give yours a bucket full of water at least twice a week until the end of September, whether it rains or not. 

    Last edited: 26 July 2017 22:47:10

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  • Thanks for the information, I'm new to gardening so panic when I think it doesn't look good because I don't know what to expect - som much conflicting info on the internet, that's why I joined here. 

    I'll remove more grass as you suggested & I'm definitely not giving it enough water, I do water it on warm days but otherwise once a week with a feed but by the looks of it no way near enough! 

    I'll a fungus spray too.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,293

    Your honeysuckle will also need some wires or a sturdy trellis to climb up ... If won't cling to the fence by itself. image

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  • Thanks Mike & Dove 

    dove I have a massive cane that is attached to the post, the honeysuckle has then been secured to that - see below, I was just going to keep adding the screws & support  along the fence & let them grow toward each other so I have a panel of honeysuckle. 

    It was a last minute attempt as initially I planted all 3 in a trough, under the trellis on the other side of the garden, which is gravelled now, but soil still underneath & then read they need to be 2 metres apart so had to dig them up & find somewhere to put them, which was only this part of my small garden - will that work or would you get more trellis - also do you cut honeysuckle back to the ground & when? 

    Thanks, much appreciated & I will try not to worry as much when I see damaged plants, I guess that comes with experience! 

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  • Hi Hazel

    thanks for your reply. I was thinking of more canes etc or a trellis as I've now found out they can spread quite wide. That will treach me to order/plant something I don't research first or better still now I've found this site - just ask. Everyone's been so helpful ?

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