Marie Robson

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Help! Pest nipping the tops off baby plants

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 11:18

I have lots of baby clematis grown from cuttings in 3 inch pots. The last few days I have noticed the tops on some have been nipped off. Not eaten - the tops are lying untouched on the soil in the pots. No sign of slugs or snails as I have pelleted the greenhouse a couple of weeks ago, and no slime trails anywhere. Can't be mice - we have 3 cats so they have to be very brave! Only seems to have happened with the smaller/shorter plants. Some of the tops nipped off are quite big. Very puzzled...

This is in the greenhouse, btw...

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 13:30

I agree with all the posts and this is a very serious issue. I've tried various local "peat free" composts from a variety of nurseries and garden centres and none of them have performed well. I experienced nearly all of the above problems; seedlings not growing, roots rotting, nasty green slime etc. forming after 2-3 days of sowing seeds/potting up, one batch of compost dried to the consistency of a concrete brick after just 2 days! And it had been well watered!!!

If you're growing fruit and vegetables this is also a health issue - although by the sounds of it no one has had much luck getting their plants to the stage where they can actually harvest the crops.

I reckon this needs to be investigated much further, and it'll take more than tipped out compost on the floors of the DIY sheds, although that's a good start!

Here's an article from the States, and I have this feeling that something similar is going on over here with our compost:

Hello Gardener's World, anybody listening to our cries for help here?

One very frustrated gardener.

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Help! Pest nipping the tops off baby plants

What is nipping the tops off my baby plants in the greehouse? 
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