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gardeners by answering their questions. They also help me mark out my ‘gardening problems calendar’ by highlighting which pests, diseases and weeds are causing most grief throughout the year.Topping the misery charts this time were scarlet lily beetles. Lily
Scarlet beetles (6mm - 8mm long) with black heads eat the leaves, flowers and seedpods of lilies and other members of the lily family. Don't mistake them for ladybirds. Between April and September the beetles lay eggs on the undersides of leaves
, seem to be around in remarkably similar numbers. In my garden it's business as usual: lily beetles have been feasting on my lilies, while scale insects appear to have increased in number.But where are the aphids? We’re now into mid-July and I
pot just outside the front door had been nibbled. We get lily beetles occasionally but when I bent down to pick up this red insect it turned out to be a striking black and red plant bug and not a beetle at all (see pic). Corizus hyoscyami doesn't have
Learn how to divide and pot on congested day lilies by following Chris Beardshaw's video advice.spring and autumnCaring for liliesPlanting lily bulbs in a potDeadheading liliesRemoving lily beetles from plantsDealing with lily mouldBrowse a variety
mould.Advice for combatting lily beetles.How to deadhead lilies.
Watch Chris Beardshaw dividing day lilies in his video project.Planting lily bulbs in a pot.Advice for combatting lily beetles.Dealing with lily mould.
knife and dust the wound with fungicide.liliesspring, autumnMore advice on growing liliesDividing day lilies videoRemoving lily beetlesPlanting lily bulbs in a potDeadheading lilies
, hedgehogs, beetles and other pest-eating wildlifeWatch out for red lily beetle on the tips and leaves of lilies. Squash any you find, or spray with a suitable pesticide
More common garden pestsRosemary leaf beetleLily beetleVine weevilThrips