Clematis forum: Help my Henri...!!

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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
May 21, 2015 4:56 AM CST
Is there something about Henri Clematis that makes it more susceptible to being chewed on by nighttime crawlers moreso than other clematis plants??? its planted along our front fence between our Jackmanii Superba and our Texensis Gravetye Beauty, both of which are THRIVING!!! but for some reason Henri is literally being DECIMATED by earwigs...? and slugs, I assume...? ALL shoots have either been chewed off at ground level or if new shoots are able to grow any length at all, the growing tips and all leaves are immediately removed. covered in slug slime and what not. the other two however? you'd never know theres a problem... thoughts?
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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May 21, 2015 6:34 AM CST
Is crushed limestone readily available in your area? I use two types here; for bulk ask the rock yard for quarry dust, or there's a product called paver base that's sold in bags. I just cover the base of affected plants to about an inch deep. The sharpness of crushed rock seems to keep slugs at bay, and these plants appear to love lime.
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Name: Arlene
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May 21, 2015 7:45 AM CST
Earwigs adore poor Henryi, slugs love him and so do Japanese beetles. It's so sad when they attack!

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