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24/05/2013 at 20:43

 

This is my first thread so I hope someone can solve my dahlia mystery! I live in Switzerland and a few weeks ago I planted out the dahlias I had grown from tubers (pink Giraffe) along with a few others. They were a decent size and I surrounded them with slug pellets just to be safe and today I went for a walk around in the garden and 2 of dahlias had disappeared...only a neat hole was left and no soil had been disturbed?! What could this be? I'm so annoyed I was so happy to find pink giraffes here now they've disappeared into thin air!! There aren't any moles around and we live in the middle if nowhere on a farm? The other dahlias in the same bed are fine (so far) and the ones eaten arent next to each other but in the same bed. Please advise before I lose anymore! 

thank you

24/05/2013 at 20:54

Hiya leekie and welcome to the forum

Any rabbits?  Do they like dahlia tubers?  Or mice perhaps?  If rabbits there would likely be tell tale green bits around the,dahlias

24/05/2013 at 21:13

There's no evidence of anything just a hole!!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24082.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

24/05/2013 at 21:27

Hi Leekie, from the size of the hole I would be inclined to think mice or voles. It looks like they have pulled them down from underneath. Try putting a spade in about 6 inches from the hole and lift up the earth and see if there are bits of tuber down there and how far down the hole goes. it might be an idea to get a cat, if you haven't already got one, ours brings home voles regularly. Where abouts in Switzerland are you?

24/05/2013 at 21:31

Even if slugs are the culprit the number of pellets is a bit OTT. 

24/05/2013 at 21:31

Thanks SwissSue! I suspected voles but I've not experienced this before...they must be chooset with their meals! I will try that tomorrow! there are 10 farm cats that hang around here (I love cats!) so they're obviously not doing their job!! I live in Zug..where are you?!

24/05/2013 at 21:39
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Even if slugs are the culprit the number of pellets is a bit OTT. 

Thanks for your useful post nutcutlet aka the slug pellet police...as you can see slugs are not likely to be the problem!

24/05/2013 at 22:04
Leekie wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Even if slugs are the culprit the number of pellets is a bit OTT. 

Thanks for your useful post nutcutlet aka the slug pellet police...as you can see slugs are not likely to be the problem!

Mmm-find that response as a bit rude -even if meant in jest-that number of slug pellets is absolutely ridiculous,unnecessary and not wildlife friendly

A bit of moderation would not go amiss-take that as you will

 

24/05/2013 at 22:06

Leekie, I'm in Wolfwil, between Olten and Langenthal on the river Aare. We used to live in Oberwil, Zug a few years ago, so know Zug quite well.

As far as the dahlias are concerned, next time you plant some it might be an idea to put some chicken wire underneath them, I reckon the roots would grow through the holes with no problem.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24083.png?width=373&height=350&mode=max

 Good luck with the rest of the dahlias!

24/05/2013 at 22:09
lazy gardener wrote (see)
Leekie wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Even if slugs are the culprit the number of pellets is a bit OTT. 

Thanks for your useful post nutcutlet aka the slug pellet police...as you can see slugs are not likely to be the problem!

Mmm-find that response as a bit rude -even if meant in jest-that number of slug pellets is absolutely ridiculous,unnecessary and not wildlife friendly

A bit of moderation would not go amiss-take that as you will

 

Pot calling the kettle black?

24/05/2013 at 22:34

lazy gardener wrote (see)

Mmm-find that response as a bit rude -even if meant in jest-that number of slug pellets is absolutely ridiculous,unnecessary and not wildlife friendly

A bit of moderation would not go amiss-take that as you will

I'm sorry if I offended you.

Do I really need to explain now how the is slug pellet box was opened too wide therefore does not "sprinkle" pellets when he real problem is my missing dahlia?!

24/05/2013 at 22:37
SwissSue wrote (see)

Leekie, I'm in Wolfwil, between Olten and Langenthal on the river Aare. We used to live in Oberwil, Zug a few years ago, so know Zug quite well.

As far as the dahlias are concerned, next time you plant some it might be an idea to put some chicken wire underneath them, I reckon the roots would grow through the holes with no problem.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24083.png?width=373&height=350&mode=max


 Good luck with the rest of the dahlias!

Ahh small world eh?! Thank you so much for your advice will definitely try that next year as I can't go through the excitement of watching them grow only to have them disappear again! 

13/06/2013 at 16:18

My slug population is down this year - yea!! but I have the same problem. Mouse holes. What other options do I have besides chicken wire? If they don't set the new plants I set in, I assume they'll walk down my bed and get the next bulbs. I wish to erraticate the little buggers.

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