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17/06/2012 at 15:29

 I have a small Magnolia tree which I have been nursing since it was just a wee stick!  It is now about six years old and flowered this year for very first time.  I was so proud of my two lovely blooms.  However something has taken quiet a liking to my little tree and is just eating away at the leaves - I mean taking great big chucks out of them.  I thought it might be earwigs and have tried the upturned pot with straw - caught nothing.  I cannot see any larvae of any kind on the leaves and am at a loss to know what is eating my little tree.  Has anyone had any similar problems.  I would appreciate any help. 

17/06/2012 at 15:37

Could be adult vine weevil they are pretty active at the moment-does the damage look anything like this?

http://www.btinternet.com/~micka.wffps/weevil.jpg

 

17/06/2012 at 15:44

Looks exactly like that.  Some leaves are totally eaten away.  My poor little tree looks miserable. Any suggestions on how to deal with them.

17/06/2012 at 15:46

The grubs do more damage -especially if container grown-have a read of this from the rhs

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=234

 

17/06/2012 at 16:10

Thank you for that.  What awful little pests.  My magnolia is in a large tub.  Will do battle and see what happns.  Once again - thank you for your help.

17/06/2012 at 16:13
17/06/2012 at 16:29

I will second the suggestion of Provado - it works well.

I'm not sure if it's active against the beetles, but the way to control those is to go out at night with a torch and pick them off.= - they can't fly.

If you do have so many attacking your tree, you will certainly have them laying eggs in your magnolia pot, so I would water it well with Provado as soon as it's dry enough to avoid losing it.

17/06/2012 at 17:00

Will order Provado now and get treating as soon as possible.  Would hate to loose my wee magnolia now having waited so long for it to bloom.  Thank you again.

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