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Name: Catherine
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Cat
Aug 8, 2014 4:07 PM CST
This is my Honeysuckle bush.

The last two summers it has gotten this on it. Sorry about the bird poo they constantly perch here close to the feeder.

Thumb of 2014-08-08/Cat/891759 Thumb of 2014-08-08/Cat/bd7699 The leaves start turning this yellow and that is kind of moldy looking. Last year it was real hot typical Indiana weather. This year it has not been near as hot and humid but has rained a lot.

It looks like well, crap besides the bird poo! Thumb of 2014-08-08/Cat/85f392
One whole side of it no longer has leavs. It used to get so pretty and full. The stuff on it looks something like what used to get on the leaves of some rose bushes I had. Part of the reason I got rid of them... Glare

Anyone know what it is or what to do? I don't want to use a bunch of chemicals because of the birds and good insects.

Thanks!



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OldGardener
Aug 8, 2014 4:18 PM CST

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It looks like it could be powdery mildew to me. Mid-down on the page on the left hand side is another photo of powdery mildew that looks to me like it is very similar to yours:

http://www.clematis.com.pl/en/vines-in-garden/articles/414-h...

Do you think that it looks the same?
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Name: Catherine
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Cat
Aug 8, 2014 4:19 PM CST
Yes, that looks like it.
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OldGardener
Aug 8, 2014 4:22 PM CST

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I found this site that details treatment that won't involve the use of chemicals:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=253

It appears that honeysuckle are prone to it but, hopefully, with some judicious trimming and autumn leaf clean-up, you will get it under control.
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Name: Catherine
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Cat
Aug 8, 2014 4:23 PM CST
It says it effects plants in a shaded area. This is right out in the yard. Close to my house but not real close and not shaded by anything. It sounds bad so I may have to just use the chemical anyway. I don't want to loose it! I have had this plant a while now but the last two years it has not gotten any bigger and this has come back.
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OldGardener
Aug 8, 2014 4:25 PM CST

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I wonder if the weather is a factor? It is a beautiful honeysuckle - really stunning!
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Cat
Aug 8, 2014 4:29 PM CST
Yes it is beautiful and it started off that way last spring and this one but now it looks hideous again! I need to figure out what it is for sure! That link is a big help and a great start! Thank You! See what I can do with it.
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OldGardener
Aug 8, 2014 4:34 PM CST

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Please let me know what you find. Hopefully, others will be by shortly with help, too. The photo you have of the flower is spectacular - I think it is the prettiest honeysuckle that I have seen.
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Name: Catherine
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Cat
Aug 8, 2014 4:41 PM CST
I love it and it can be so beautiful! The humming birds and (not sure of real name) Humming bird moths come to it. I just need to get rid of what ever is on it so it will grow and get bigger and be healthy. Hopefully someone else will post also. I am going to research it some too.

Thanks!
Cat
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chelle
Aug 9, 2014 6:18 AM CST
Catherine,

Since this plant seems to be particularly susceptible to mildew, you may want to try giving it full-strength milk baths as the very first signs of the proper conditions for mildew formation appear; that is, warm days followed by cool, damp and breeze-less nights (like we're experiencing now). I'd also recommend a couple of doses of seaweed fertilizer during the season to strengthen your plant's disease resistance. I wouldn't give this plant any extra nitrogen. I doubt it needs it, and sometimes higher concentrations of nitrogen seem to exacerbate mildew outbreaks.

My squash are showing the first signs as well, but the milk really seems to do the trick! Smiling

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Name: Catherine
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Cat
Aug 9, 2014 8:03 AM CST
Chelle sounds like a good idea! Thanks!
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chelle
Aug 9, 2014 11:32 AM CST
You're welcome, Cat.

I'm not sure how well it'll work once it's already set in heavily, but if nothing else you might be able to prevent it next year. Smiling
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