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sickly Honeysuckle, white powdery stems and leaves.Any advice?

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I've recently planted a lonnicera on a north facing wall, which gets sunshine up to about lunchtime. The small bed it's planted in has a couple of healthy roses, a pieris, and some small bedding plants along the front edge. The poor honeysuckle hasn't thrived at all. although the 3 main stems have grown upwards, they have developed a white powdery film along them, and the leaves look as if they are covered in a white powdery "mildew", and are dying. There are some new shoots appearing, but I want to know what I'm doing wrong? I followed the planting instructions, but don't claim to be a competent, or knowledgeable gardener. Any advice would be most gratefully received!!
Many thanks,

On plant Lonicera periclymenum belgica



It's got mildew, that's all, and with the weather we've been having, chances are the poor plant's been getting barely any sun at all on a north facing wall. Buy a fungicide and spray (I'd recommend Roseclear 3, which treats aphids and fungus as the most effective, but there'll be other fungal treatments available)

8 Aug, 2009


Gosh, that was a quick reply!!! Thankyou SO much Bamboo....I'll let you know how I get on!

8 Aug, 2009


you just struck lucky - I'm sitting on the computer because I've got an injured foot and can't do anything else currently!

8 Aug, 2009


I'm very sorry to hear that, hope you're mobile again soon! your injury is my gain! I actually had some Roseclear spray in my shed, so I've sprayed what I had left. Fingers crossed. (You have a lovely garden by the way, I'm envious!!)

8 Aug, 2009

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