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eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:50

PS: is it a good time to cut it back now, do you think?

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:49

Thanks, Verdun 

I shall do just that.

It had already been heavily pollarded the year before, so i was keen to let it grow back a bit, but what with this rust, I'll give it a good haircut now. Seems a shame, as the upper 2 thirds of leaves are unaffected and glorious and it had reached 7 feet! 

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:25

Thanks blairs

Yes, I feared it might be that - isn't it a big problem in Oz, at the moment? I read somewhere that it had been carried over by a wasp!

Hopefully I can find that fungicide fast and the tree can be saved.

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:23

Nematodes worked really well to control slugs in my garden last year.

Every time it had rained, I also sprayed more delicate plants, like hostas, with my own garlic spray.

The rest, the frogs ate!

Good luck 

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:14

My potted eucalyptus (about 4 years old, normally very healthy and grows at quite a rate on its south east-facing patio) has something wrong with it.

At first (before I had put specs on and had a closer look!) I thought it might just be a bit of winter damage, but on closer inspection I can see that the bottom third of the leaves are studded with raised, rust-coloured patches.

What on earth are these?

I thought eucalyptus was infallible!

The potted olive, right next to it, is unaffected.

 

Thank you.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36785.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 10:03
Thanks Annie- another vote for chives then! I wonder what it is about their scent or bulb that deters weevils...weevils also leave any aromatic plant alone- they hate my Mexican orange blossom, for example, and my bay tree. Not heard anything about salt water Angela, though would imagine you're absolutely right not to want to put that in the soil itself.

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 19:33

Ah, you should be living in Greece or Italy- no neighbour there would give two hoots about garlic fumes over a garden fence

You're so right about hostas - only thing that saved mine was the garlic pong!

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 17:56

Did it work?

could you still step into your garden and not pass out from the fumes? 

Works a treat on aphids - and cats!

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 17:36

Thanks Brum -send me a bottle will you Your concoction sounds more lethal than mine!

i already use a home-made spray on roses and it seems to do the job for aphids, but wondering if it'll deter the dreaded weevil adult.

 

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 11:57

Thanks your such a positive response - makes me really happy to see I'm not alone in worrying about thus.

im not anti every chemical under the sun (I occasionally use fungicides on my fruit trees), but when wildlife can be hurt, then I find I'm too reluctant to risk it.

However, watching one's hard work and money wither and die in weeks, due to a pest as serious as vine weevil, is both disheartening and not something I'm willing to stomach.

Chives?! How interesting Julian!

i shall definitely try that first!

Will also follow Verdun's tip on at least removing my gardenia from its pot and checking it for grubs. Shame I can't do the same to my beds...

Roll on Spring and then the little b***ers will get a blast of 5 million nematodes like they've never had before

Has anyone used garlic spray as a repellent for the adults?

 

interesting article here below on legislation- so proud my country voted against

http://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLE7C681ADF9DEC410&v=-2MQthEYGsI&feature=plpp

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