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11/08/2013 at 14:21

I bought a lovely Lobelia "Queen Victoria " last weekend. It has a beautiful deep red stem or should I say had. Something is striping the outer red layer from the stem. Has anyone any ideas what might be doing this?

11/08/2013 at 14:22

Slugs are very fond of lobelias. Can you see any slime trails about

11/08/2013 at 14:23

Slugs or snails.

11/08/2013 at 15:03

You will have to grow it with a moat of water around it.  It looks lovely when it on sale, but nobody will tell you how much slugs and snails love it.

11/08/2013 at 15:17

Well,,it loves to grow in water anyway so a "moat" is good.  A rIng of copper pipe around the lobelia will help deter slugs n snails.

Go out with a torch at night and grab the critters there and then.  

11/08/2013 at 16:13

I had a red stemed lobelia in my pond.  Heaven knows how they managed to crawl across the water from the edge (along the bottom and up?).   The stems were a good 7/8 inches away from the side and sitting in two incheses of water, but slugs still managed to get onto it and have a field day with It.  Decimated.  Never attempted to grow it again.  Convinced slugs must have parachuted in.

11/08/2013 at 16:21

I had one as well and slugs made a meal of it so never again for me.

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