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anthony mcglen

hi can someone please help me i have some gladioli in my garden for about two years with out any problems alway came back every year and flower really good.

but this year my poor gladioli have come up grew two about 2 foot good folage on them and really big flower pods. they seem to be atacked over night i could die my poor gladioli. the leaves had black sticky worm casts type stuff on them five days latter the leave fell off and the bud have now got holes in them. the buds have opened and are full size but with holes.

please help sobbing gardener


Hi Anthony. Any sign of caterpillars? That would account for worm cast like droppings. Not come across anything in particular that attacks glad flowers so am just guessing here.

anthony mcglen

hi addict, i did not see any on there  at all . the holes in the flowers was just the outside yellow skin the flowers are un damaged

next year i will spray them as well as useeing slug pelettes.


Don't see the point in spraying unless you know what you're trying to kill - and as the flowers are undamaged do you really need to?


anthony mcglen

update pics of my gladis

 as you can see on the second pic how the leaves went



Weird... I would have sworn those were Lillies, not Glads

anthony mcglen

macavitythecat  you well mite be right got at asdas hand wrote label lol.

still nice flowers

Pottie Pam

I agree with the Cat.

They've probably been attacked by the dreaded lily beetle. I think the lava cover themselves with their own poo which will look like worm casts. 


yes..definately lillies..the sticky things on it are the lilly beetle lavae..yuck..I attacked mine yesterday...pair of scissors with bowl underneath & cut leaves with offenders on ..then boiling water over them..yep..I dont want them..drained & put in bin.. any others then put gloves on ..inside that black mass is the grubs..

So if you see bright red beetle on them..put a hand underneath because as soon as u touch them the blighters drop off somewhere..catch it & squish it..good luck..

anthony mcglen

hi all thankyou for all the replys

do lillie beetle lavae die  at winter or do they sleep in the bulb at there a spray i could use to get rid.Also will my lillies be ok next year or do i need to bin them.

may thanks


The only way to get rid of lily beetle is by squishing them. A good tip - we use a light coloured little stone mulch, that way when the beetles fall, you can still see them (when one falls, they all fall). Snip off any leaves that are going see through (look underneath and look for the black poo, inside is an orange nymph - squish it. They'll live in the soil during winter. The best advice is kill em, kill em oh and kill em. (squish them between to trowels if you're squeemish). If everyone did this, we might be able to remove the unwanted beetle from the UK.


I've been inspecting my lilies every evening armed with a couple of pieces of kitchen roll - good for squishing 


I'm far too squeamish to squish anything - I can't even bear to use slug pellets because the corpses always look like they died in agony   Slugs and snails get collected and rehomed in the compost bin. 

Anyway... it turns out that lily beetles can't swim so a bucket of water works.

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