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I have a fairly new evergreen honeysuckle that has been growing away very well in a container. I noticed a couple of days ago that the leaves appear a bit cloudy looking although I cannot see any insects on them. It comes of if I rub it with my fingers. Does anybody know what it could be and what I can do about it. I would rather not use chemicals if possible.



Could this be mildew? is the plant water logged in the pot? have you got a pic

26 Jun, 2010


Does the container have drainage holes in it?

26 Jun, 2010


The pot has lots of holes in it and the soil is not waterlogged at all. I have some plants in a nearby bed that seem to be going the same way, I think they are called adjuga (a creeping purple plant with erect mauve flower spikes) Can plants catch things from each other? I will try to get some pics later.

26 Jun, 2010


Yes virus can transfer between some plants, but without pics Its a guessing game?

26 Jun, 2010


It does sound like Powdery Mildew (a pale, white-ish powder-like appearance on the foliage) and in my experience Honeysuckles are extremely vulnerable to it, especially when grown in a pot & also when they have been allowed to dry out at the root, although the fungi themselves require a relatively humid environment at the leaf.

Good air flow and increased sunlight will kill the fungi, you should cut out any severely affected leaves/shoots and be careful to disinfect your cutting tool (boiling water works well) otherwise you risk spreading the fungi to other plants.

Mildew is killed by sulphur & you can make a home-made fungicide from crushed garlic - put it in a food processor with some water, add a few drops of vegetable-based soap (for adhesion) and then spray it on all effected leaves.

Bicarbonate of Soda also kills Powdery mildew - 1 teaspoon dissolved in a litre of water, again with the soap for adhesion.

26 Jun, 2010


Thank you. I will try the bic of soda tomorrow.

26 Jun, 2010

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