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Any ideas? They were lovely bushy plants, bought last week and placed at the back of my deep cold frames.
Although actually, the perp didn't actually eat them, just left them in a pile.
Snails or slugs they do it every time!!!! Think they eat the stems and not the leaves. I had a lupin massacre last year but I planted them in copper protected pots and they came back....
slugs landgirl, probably attached to the bottom of the pots you bought.
Couldn't find any slugs or snails to blame, no slime in evidence. Rabbits eat lots of stuff in my garden, but I don't think they would jump into the coldframe. Deer, possibly?
If it's deer that would explain why I never have any lupins! But now part of the garden is fenced perhaps I should try again.
Mice, possibly. They nipped-off the tops of half of my newly germinated tomatoes a couple of weeks ago and put them in a pile like that. Now they are ex-mice.
I've moved the pots into the greenhouse with some slug pellets and a couple of mouse traps. Hopefully the plants will recover.
Definitely mice, the wee beggars. I can't have anything new without at least a nibble. I once chased one from my strawberries and watched it go to my peas! Now I have lots of traps, and let the kids' pet rats have a run around. I also sprinkle the used bedding around, and that seems to deter them for a while. I used to be humane about getting rid, but now I've had enough. They bite the strawbs off the stems while still white, then don't even eat them I wouldn't mind so much if they stole ripe ones and actually ate them! In one night last yr they had every single sweet pea and sunflower seed that I sowed under a mini-tunnel. 120! So now they get deaded. Sorry
Mice - slugs wouldn't take the unwanted leaves and put them in a pile. They are a menace in my GH too.
My deer leave lupins alone - they are one of the plants i can happily grow in my unfenced bit.
Check your pots....ESP underneath......there will prob be a tiny slug or two. A couple of pellets on pots should solve issue. Plants have time to grow baxk again
You have well trained mice there Bob. And tidy ones
If you suspect slugs but can't find them, lift the plant out and check the bottom of the plant itself as they often get in the drainage holes and live inside the bottom of the pot during the day.
dormer mice more like.
Thanks all, I think it was the mice. Absolutely no sign of slugs or snails, I've had a good look in the pots.