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Slugs and Snails

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 17:35
Eeek. Have just discovered why the pellets of slug bait keep disappearing from the pots outside my back door. It seems the local mice population enjoy them as a tasty treat. Will be removing the remaining ferric phosphate pellets ASAP!! Prefer slugs and snails to mice cheekily staring at me through the back door anyday!

Does bran attract mice?

Solanum Crispum

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 22:04
Yes -well as sunny as it can be in our garden. It is about 7 ft wide and 10ft tall. Amazing plant. As its so tall deadheading would be quite tricky so i'm glad to hear that it will continue to flower even if berries are growing on it! Thanks for the advice!

Solanum Crispum

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 16:14

I have a beautiful solanum which is 3 years old. This is my 2nd (left the last one behind when I moved). Every summer I snip off the spent flowers to discourage berry growth and to encourage more flowers...Is this the right thing to do though? There doesn't seem to be much info about these amazing plants and I'm not sure that I should be snipping away. Does anyone else have any experience?

Slugs and Snails

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 07:18
I have tried the garlic wash mentioned on this website and It does seem to be working ( Beer traps didn't work for me at all, neither did organic slug pellets or copper tape which is around almost every pot i own!

Slugs and Snails

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 01:29

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 01:10
So. An update. My lilac tree has been cut down. It finished 'blooming' and the few leaves it had also disappeared and i got sad looking at bare twigs so took a saw to it..... I have left a couple of the suckers in situ to see what happens.
The stump of the dead plum tree was dug out. The mushroom smelling fungus was all over the roots....most of which are still deep under my lawn. Eek. For what it's worth though i didn't find the same fungus at the base of the lilac. Just playing a waiting game to see what else dies!

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:15

Oooh, now that's interesting. Thanks so much for the links. I will have to investigate the Armillatox further and see if it is something that's readily available so that I can get my hands on it.

I'm thinking I may not plant up the suckers. If it is honey fungus (and like you I think it's quite likely) and if the lilac is showing early signs of infection (lots of if's I know!) then I think I won't want to run the risk of trying to raise a potentially sick plant.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:45

To be honest I'm not entirely sure but the signs seem to point that way. The fungus was under bark (between the bark and the tree wood) around the base which is where I was told to look for it. It smells really strongly of mushrooms. There is grass right up to the stump - we will be digging around this to have a look at the weekend to see if we can see these bootlace strands. The plum tree was more or less dead last summer and autumn saw massive mushroom heads grow around the base of it - which we ignored as it's not the first time we have seen mushrooms on our lawn....In spring we knew it was dead  as all the branches snapped like twigs. Interestingly my neighbour on that side had a lilac almost at the foot of our plum tree and that lilac died about 2 or 3 years ago. I could be jumping to the wrong conclusion however...?

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:31

Oops - accidentally deleted my post so no one knows what I'm babbling on about. I went to a local garden centre (visit unrelated to lilac) but mentioned the lilac. Their resident expert asked me various questions and I came away realising that I may have (and do indeed have) honey fungus in the garden. We cut down a plum tree in spring which died - cause of death was unknown at that time. The stump is still there, but not for much longer. Unfortunately we had also planted a 5ft tall ceanothus and 2 rose buses in the garden this spring - all of which are highly susceptible to this fungus apparently. Whilst I can dig up and pot the small roses, the ceanothus and lilac are on their own.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 20:04
Oh no. Have just investigated the cut tree stump. Signs of white fungus and strong mushroom smell. Will get it removed asap. Fingers crossed for my lilac. Have decided to wait and see if it shows any signs of recovery rather than remove it at this time just in case it's suffering from something else.
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Discussions started by rosesgrowonyou

Solanum Crispum

Deadheading 
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Last Post: 02/06/2012 at 22:04

Poorly lilac tree

Lilac tree with very few leaves, lots of tiny flowers 
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