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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

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 14:01

Thanks Verdun and Mike - Verdun, are you worried about bees being affected by nectar and pollen contaminated by Provado? I have no idea what sort of shelf life it has.

I take your point about commercial spraying concentrations v. domestic, Mike - would be good to know whether Provado lingers and is as bad a sa heavy metal (which can never be broken down or removed), or whether it does eventually break down in the soil and in the plant.

I was hoping to find some info online, but no luck so far.

I was also hoping that a good soaking in Provado now, when the bees are inactive, may do the trick...and by Spring the damn stuff would have been dealt with by nature.

It's hard for me to remove the Heucheras V - they are all interlaced with spring bulbs that are coming up right now, so moving the heucheras would be very difficult without collateral damage

I think I may have to resort to a bit of Provado Do you use it, Mike?

 

 

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 20:15
Thanks Dove- that's what I feared
Hence why they're banned in some countries...
Anything else I can use over the winter months, before I can use nematodes again?

Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 18:25
I have tried, really tried, to control weevils in my small garden, my neighbour doesn't bother and sadly, as fast as I remove mine completely, his continue to thrive because downcast be bothere to treat. The past 2 years I've only used nematodes in spring and autumn. They seem to work well. Unfortunately, this year less so and I am noticing many new notches in a container- grown gardenia and around my photinia, heucheras and a climbing rose. I re-treat with nematodes now, as the soil is too cold - should I try something else like Provado? i know it's lethal for wildlife, which is why I've never used it, but it is winter and I'm hoping some kind soul on here will put my mind at rest and assure me I'm not a mass-murderer of pollinating insects! I do have a couple of resident frogs hibernating somewhere in the garden as well, so I'm keen not to use anything that would harm them...does anyone know if chemicals like Provado stay in the soil for a long time? Will they destroy the grubs? Or is there anything else to control grubs and adults in winter, possibly not as nasty as Provado? Have tried going out at night to pick them off, but either Im no good at spotting them, or they see me coming Makes me sad to see my plants being destroyed...I loathe this pest!

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 15:17

Has anyone actually heard from Jessica?!

I haven't and am beginning to wonder if I'm perhaps not alone....

 

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