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Vine weevils in winter

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:26

I've been moving my potted patio plants under cover for the winter and have found vine weevil grubs or something similar in the pots of one or two of those that have died.

I have vine weevil killer, but at this time of year when I assume the weevils are dormant and not eating will it be effective? I'm reluctant to drown the suckers in the stuff and make the compost too wet going into winter when I normally try to keep the plants on the dry side.

I get the feeling it's a case of kill or cure.

Anyone got any suggestions?

Attic poop

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:06

Bats or mice. Too small for rats or squirrels I think.

We have bats and mice in our attic.

The bats are usually only there in the summer making a very slight noise as they squeeze in and out through a hole in the eaves and only leave droppings along the centre of the attic as they fly up and down under the highest part of the roof or in little piles under their favourite roosting spots. Their droppings are dry and crumbly.

The mice (I think wood mice) can be there any time of year and we hear them in the dry lined walls too. They scatter droppings all over. We've blocked up all holes etc., but the mice come in through the foundations and up through the hollow walls. They will even climb up the outside brick work and enter under the eaves.

Unfortunately being the only house on the edge of a wood all sorts of wildlife ends up here including lost cows, sheep, dogs, falcons and homing pigeons.

We tolerate the bats as they're protected and store our junk around the edges of the attic out of the target area.

We have used humane traps for the mice as they have caused problems with our wiring in the past and they've removed entire black bin bags (used to cover things in the attic) for nesting material. When laying new carpet in an upstairs hall we found a recent nest under the floorboards, but the mice never actually enter any of the rooms in the house. House mice in our previous house would venture everywhere which is why I believe these are wood mice which tend not to chew holes in skirting boards.

If you do try trap and release be prepared to release the critters a good distance away from your house. I released one into the wood at the bottom of the garden only to see it renter the house as I was closing the back door and yes it was the same one - it was identifiable by only having half it's tail.

Don't you just love wildlife!

Last edited: 06 December 2016 13:08:11

Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 09:18

Some interesting and some bizarre replies. I'm going to try the excess water method.


Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 14:01

Thanks mollis, that's encouraging. I'll try it. 

Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 13:05

Last year I treated my overwintering out door pot plants with vine weevil killer, but come re-potting time I found they were still there. I have quite a lot of large potted plants which would use a lot of the killer solution.

Does anyone know if it's possible to drown the suckers by completely immersing the pots in water for say 48 hours?

I think the plants will tolerate a couple of days under water, but I need to do it now to let them dry out a bit before storage in my greenhouse, but I don't want to waste my time risking my plants if it won't work.

Anyone tried it?


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:01

Red Hot Poker?

Plant ID for a friend

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 09:29

....and 'Jack in the Pulpit'.

Our wild garden is full of them. The reddish orange berries are extremely poisonous.

Weigelas dropping it's buds

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 16:25

I have a number of weigelas in pots grown from cuttings taken three years ago, planted in standard all purpose compost

After one year, although small, they were covered in flowers. However last year they all dropped their buds before they opened. As the pots they were in were probably a bit too small and they dried out too quickly I thought that might be the problem.

This year I moved them into larger pots at the end of the winter and they looked promising, but the same thing has happened again. So far not one bud has actually bloomed.

Has anyone any idea what might be wrong?

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 16:09

Many years ago, before wild flowers became as protected as they are now, my father transplanted wild primroses into his borders and they just grew and grew.

Some time later the council decided to widen the trackway from where he had collected them and simply bulldozed the verge and hedge, heaped everything up and burned it, leaving not one wild primrose.

In this instance the 'theft' payed off as the border flowers gradually spread themselves back into the wild for others to enjoy.

That said, I disapprove of those who treat the countryside as a free garden centre.

Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:19

Thanks. A good selection there. I already have a few hydrangeas from cuttings so I'll try them and there's already ivy there. Perhaps not ideal is weigela, but I have cuttings of those so I might use them - unless anyone knows they're not a good idea. Ideally I'd like native shrubs, but they're less common in garden centres.

I have foxgloves and bluebells already that can move themselves in now the ground has been cleared, but I'd like a few native ferns and other native species that can be left to get on with it. A scattering of woodland flower mixture perhaps.

I can see I'm going to be busy!

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