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Snails on mahonia

Posted: 04/09/2017 at 16:27

Thank you kevindylan. I think one of the things you said might be part of the problem. The mahonia is amongst other plants which are almost touching at the moment. Will give that and your other suggestions some thought.

Last edited: 04 September 2017 16:28:37

Snails on mahonia

Posted: 04/09/2017 at 16:01

Aaargh! Last autumn I planted a lovely mahonia which was showing great promise in the spring and early summer. However, it has been absolutely decimated by tiny snails which have shredded the leaves and any of the new green pointed shoots as they emerged from the centre. I have tried picking them off to no avail. I have even resorted to a few pellets which I avoid using as a rule as we are trying to make the garden wildlife friendly. I know snails are wildlife and I tend to put up with them and have plants that are not too susceptible. I assumed mahonia would be ok, thickish spiky leaves etc but no. Should it go, be moved or any other suggestions?

Red hot pokers

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 15:13

I have split them in the past but still nothing. I think I'll leave them until the autumn then out they come. Thanks for the advice everyone. 

That surprises me green fingered finch. My garden is awash with slugs (grrr) but they have never touched my pokers.

Red hot pokers

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 13:13

Yes Singing Gardener. I cut them down each autumn. Seems such a shame to take them out. They grow their foliage with such enthusiasm! 

Thanks for the advice plant pauper but I've tried that. Have run out of known options :(

Red hot pokers

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:17

For many years I have had foliage galore from my red hot pokers but never any pokers! I have lived in hope that one day they will burst into flower but I think maybe the time has come to give up. Is there anything I can do or has the time come to dig up and replace?

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 20:16

Decision made...I'm going to leave it where it is, protect it as best I can and see what happens. I did add grit when I planted it so you never know, it could be ok. Will report back in the spring. Thanks again all.



Posted: 21/10/2014 at 19:12

I think I will take a look at them and if they look viable will replant them and remember for these and future bulbs to actually take the time to look after them properly next year! Thank you for the replies. Much appreciated.


Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 19:07

Thanks for all the replies. I think I will move it as I will probably lose it to sogginess anyway so at the end of the day it will at least have half a chance. Although...I could change my mind and chicken out before I have time at the weekend. Just call me Indecisive instead of Staceyj!!


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:56

I had beautiful tulips for the first time in a pot last spring. They were left in a corner, forgotten and I would like to know if I just leave them and do nothing will they bloom again or should I lift them and re-plant in fresh compost?

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:53

I put a Stipa Gigantea in what I thought was a good place in spring. It has been crowded out by Naughtia all summer and is now getting wet feet. Can I move it now or is the risk of moving it in autumn more than leaving it in soggy conditions?

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