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worms/maggot infestation

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:36

I must admit Neil - I've never seen them in pots. What you describe in the pots would normally be more like vine weevil damage - they like potted plants in particular and do the same to roots as the leatherjackets do to grass. They're white and more maggotty looking so check the roots of anything you have in pots in case it's two separate problems.

Interestingly, on another thread this morning, someone has just heard that there's been a 40%  increase in leatherjackets here in Scotland which is causing issues with grassland.

worms/maggot infestation

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:27

Leatherjackets Neil. The offspring  of crane flies and they eat the roots of the grass. You can get nematodes for applying to kill them off although  the starlings might be doing a good job for you at the moment.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:16

I'd believe that pansyface. I've never seen so many crane flies as I did last year and I've dug up lots of leatherjackets while  I've been making new beds where it was previously grass. 


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:11

See it as a challenge Verd 

Rain's gone off here too but it's to come back later. Plants I put in yesterday will all be well watered in so not all bad. 

Should really have my breakfast and get on with something....

slug topped lilies

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:03

Good luck with it Robert - it may not make it but worth having a go.  I always grew my lilies in pots because they were slug magnets in the ground, even with sharp grit round them, and like you, wet soil was always tricky . I then started growing the Longiflorum ones and found them to be more resistant. I had some in a large square metal container which I lined with polysterene. Slugs never touched them. 


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 08:46

Congratulations BL 

I've often fancied Trilliums too. They grow well up here - they like the conditions. 

Might have to do h****work today since I got outside yesterday. 

Off for a look round here first


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 08:21

Think my wand's gone into meltdown Dove. I've tried waving it here too - but to no effect 

Glad you had a good day Woody despite the price. Thought they'd have let you in for nothing once they knew who you were....

starting a new 'Patch'

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 08:15

What - just the one Scott? you'll need to go back for more once you get started on those Clematis!

I've often wondered how much produce gets used on allotments - unless you have a huge family to feed. Do you grow flowers for cutting too Peat?  

Very wet here too pansyface - as forecast 


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 21:03

I've got an industrial strength staple gun fidget - if you want it...

Dove - I really hope you catch the cretin. I had the same problem two months ago - £300 of damage but no chance of getting who did it. 


slug topped lilies

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 19:29

I'd cut the rotten shoot off Robert if it's really decimated. Unfortunately they're very prone to slug and snail damage. If you can use some form of slug control until the plant gets a little bit of growth on it that will help, though it's doubtful it'll recover for this year. If it's in the ground it might be worth lifting and potting it as it's often easier to keep slugs under control in pots.

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