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When I went out last Tuesday I found loads of soil scratched out of the planters on the garage roof all over the steps. I’d got strawberry plants in there along with two Phormium and a Sarcococca plant. Grumbling, I swept it up straight away, so it wouldn’t get traipsed into the house, then went out. When I got home a couple of hours later I found the same thing had happened…..swept it up again.
On Wednesday morning I looked out…no prize for guessing what I saw!!! Right! I thought, find some netting, replant the strawberries and cover the planters with the netting. That should stop the culprit which turned out to be a blackbird.
I found as I lifted the strawberries that they had very poor or even no roots. So I dug into the compost and found several weevil grubs. I bagged the dying strawberry plants and put them in the bin….luckily it was bin day. Then pulled out the Phormiums and Sarcococca, shook all the soil from their roots and wrapped them in plastic until I can wash them well and replant them in fresh compost.


I tipped out all the soil from the planters onto a plastic sheet and could not believe how many grubs there were. There must have been hundreds.
I left the soil spread out so the birds can eat the grubs and tomorrow I shall bag it all up and bin it.
Thankyou Blackbird, sorry I grumbled at you. If it hadn’t been for him I would have lost the Phormium and the Sarcococca too.

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Thumbs up to the blackbirds 😀. Darn weevils 😤. So pleased you saved your shrubs in time. Weevils attacked my Heuchera in pots so they are in the ground now.

14 Apr, 2016

 

I've never had them before Dawn, or at least I've never noticed them. I shall be more vigilant in future.

14 Apr, 2016

 

Me neither until I grew Heuchera in pots. I wondered why they were failing but I remembered a blog Karen posted about weevils so tipped the pots out to find the grubs in the roots. The plants survived luckily so yours should be OK.

14 Apr, 2016

 

That's good to know. I'm going to pot them up tomorrow.

14 Apr, 2016

 

I did buy Provado to water into the pots but I tend to forget to use.

14 Apr, 2016

 

Must look for some of that. Belt and braces.

14 Apr, 2016

 

I have grown heucheras in pots on my patio for several years now and only had a problem with vine weevil grubs in a pot in one occasion. This winter, I had two more potted up to sell and one of them got infected - grrrr

14 Apr, 2016

 

It seems to be one of those pests that are becoming more and more of a problem. I'm hearing of many more gardeners finding infestations. 3 years ago I never even heard of them in plant pots outdoors.

14 Apr, 2016

 

Vine weevils can't swim. Place the pots on supports (make sure soil is initially weevil free) on a tray filled with water.
Just have to sort out the lily beetles then.

15 Apr, 2016

 

Slugs can't swim either. Hostas in pots in a tray of water keeps them safe too.

15 Apr, 2016

 

Last year I too have had a Heuchera in a pot which the head came off before I realized it was infected. I think it was already in the plant when I bought it as the wooden tup was on a stand above ground level'
They are known to be prone to VW and as they like well drained soil do you think they will be okay if left standing in water?

15 Apr, 2016

 

Not many plant like to be waterlogged ( excluding bog plants) so raise the pot on 3-4 supports eg. broken terracotta pieces. I then put a wick into the water up the bottom drainage hole.
Never gave a thought to whether slugs could swim, Andrew, but thinking about it they don't have legs.

15 Apr, 2016

 

I'm going to try that water barrier idea for my pots on the patio. Thankyou Siris and Andrew.
I was wondering how on earth they came to be in the planters. They must have been in the strawberry plants although you would have thought I'd have seen some sign of them when I planted them, or in the compost I filled the planters with.
Don't mention those disgusting lily beetles Siris. They are a darned pain too. I caught several on just two particular lilies last year.
I have washed all the soil off of the Phormiums and Sarcococca today in week jays fluid and rinsed them before planting them up in pots. I do hope they survive the harsh treatment.
I don't know how to dispose of the soil now. We've put it, wrapped up in plastic, temporarily, in a spare recycling bin. Daren't put it out for the garden waste collection and can't spread it on the garden. The blackbird had eaten most of the weevils.

15 Apr, 2016

 

Darn things, this year is the first time I've had them find my pots on the patio, so now I keep giving the plants a little tug as I pass by, I checked my lilies over as well because Seaburn mentioned that she'd spotted some beetles in one of hers...

15 Apr, 2016

 

Lily beetles already? Oh,no.

15 Apr, 2016

 

I have disposed of (stamped on!) well over a dozen lily beetles from one lily pot - it's large with several plants. I loathe them and won't be buying any lilies this year as I had a constant battle last spring/summer. I lost, obviously!

17 Apr, 2016

 

Trouble with vine weevil grubs, you don't see the damage till it's too late.....little devils!
You can't help but forgive the blackbirds though. Or any birds.......at the moment some birds are stripping my Stipa grasses bare in order, I assume, to get nesting material!

17 Apr, 2016

 

I'd better check my lilies tomorrow too. With all the frost this morning it's a wonder they survive but the little devils do.
Paul, the blackbirds usually pull out clumps of muddy old Iris leaves from the side of our pond. Your Stipa grass must be a favourite nesting material.

17 Apr, 2016

 

Yes, they stripped one last year, too.But it's three plants this year...one in the front and two in the back garden!

18 Apr, 2016

 

I put a 'like' on this though not sure that it is appropriate for a blog about vine weevils! Are we getting more because of the mild winters or are we importing them in egg form with plants?
As for the lily beetles, weeding a couple of days ago I saw two on some lilies so they are about already.
While weeding anyone who wants to know what grows well on clay, it's buttercups, ours are huge! So presumably any of the Ranunculus family will do well.

18 Apr, 2016

 

BUTTERCUPS.......don't talk to me about BUTTERCUPS !!!
They have come up in the lawn and most of the borders this year. I'm fed up of digging them out. Had a good look at the lilies and no beetles found yet though :o))

18 Apr, 2016

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