bug on Clematis
READ in WG107 about mealy bug.
My two clematis were infested with them last year so I attacked
the little beasties with a paint brush and methylated spirits. Pull
the dirt away from the plants as far down as you dare and paint
the stalks and then keep painting it on as far as the mealy bugs
go. They don't like it one little bit and shrivel up and die in
a very short time. I haven't seen any since. (Don't forget to push
the dirt around the roots and stems again). If the orthene doesn't
work, it's worth a try.
for the great tip about mealy bug. Meths is certainly an effective
option for getting rid of these annoying pests.
Gardener, Issue 114, 2003, Page 23
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.