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grandmasgarden View Drop Down

Joined: 16 Jun 2008
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    Posted: 16 Jun 2008 at 2:28pm
I am still learning about clematis but this problem I have seems to defy all I can find in books.
I have 4 clematis 2 in the ground 2 pots. All are/were healthy but something is stripping the bark from the base upwards.
It started in early spring as they grew the bark was almost skinned. I made a thing with copper round to keep of slugs then resorted to pellets still the problem grows worse. One which was blooming beautifully is dying as the stems are becoming brittle and cracking where their 'skin' has been trimmed off. All 4 are affected Cry
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  Quote schristmas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2008 at 10:05pm
Stripped stems is usually a sign of slug or snail damage, although you seem to have already tried to put I stop to these critters in one way or another (but have you succeeded). The copper ring is one solution but not only keeps slugs out but traps them inside and makes your plant a captive meal.
I would suggest you grab a flashlight and wait until dark, go out and inspect your plants and you will hopefully find the problem pest and then be able to deal with the problem accordingly.
Best regards
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