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Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 22:37
SwissSue wrote (see)

Leekie, I'm in Wolfwil, between Olten and Langenthal on the river Aare. We used to live in Oberwil, Zug a few years ago, so know Zug quite well.

As far as the dahlias are concerned, next time you plant some it might be an idea to put some chicken wire underneath them, I reckon the roots would grow through the holes with no problem.


 Good luck with the rest of the dahlias!

Ahh small world eh?! Thank you so much for your advice will definitely try that next year as I can't go through the excitement of watching them grow only to have them disappear again! 

Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 22:34

lazy gardener wrote (see)

Mmm-find that response as a bit rude -even if meant in jest-that number of slug pellets is absolutely ridiculous,unnecessary and not wildlife friendly

A bit of moderation would not go amiss-take that as you will

I'm sorry if I offended you.

Do I really need to explain now how the is slug pellet box was opened too wide therefore does not "sprinkle" pellets when he real problem is my missing dahlia?!

Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 21:39
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Even if slugs are the culprit the number of pellets is a bit OTT. 

Thanks for your useful post nutcutlet aka the slug pellet police...as you can see slugs are not likely to be the problem!

Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 21:31

Thanks SwissSue! I suspected voles but I've not experienced this before...they must be chooset with their meals! I will try that tomorrow! there are 10 farm cats that hang around here (I love cats!) so they're obviously not doing their job!! I live in Zug..where are you?!

The age old problem of cats !

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 21:22

Give the cat treats! I live on a farm with 10 cats and they're in my garden all the time..I keep treats in my greenhouse they know I treat them so they use next doors garden instead!

Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 21:13

There's no evidence of anything just a hole!!



Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 20:43


This is my first thread so I hope someone can solve my dahlia mystery! I live in Switzerland and a few weeks ago I planted out the dahlias I had grown from tubers (pink Giraffe) along with a few others. They were a decent size and I surrounded them with slug pellets just to be safe and today I went for a walk around in the garden and 2 of dahlias had disappeared...only a neat hole was left and no soil had been disturbed?! What could this be? I'm so annoyed I was so happy to find pink giraffes here now they've disappeared into thin air!! There aren't any moles around and we live in the middle if nowhere on a farm? The other dahlias in the same bed are fine (so far) and the ones eaten arent next to each other but in the same bed. Please advise before I lose anymore! 

thank you

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