South Wales, United Kingdom
What is eating our wisteria?
We bought it last year and planted it close to our back garden wall with the aim of hiding the hideous wall as we don't have the money and time to fix it at the moment. There is a park on the other side of the wall and the ground level is higher in the park than in our garden. The mortar in the wall is bit deficient and that is why we wanted to hide the wall until we are ready to deal with it in about 3 or 4 years.
The wisteria is barely keeping up - whatever is coming out of the wall is eating the new shoots and the whole leaves leaving only stumps. There are no signs of slugs or snails and there is never anything on it during the day. We went out at night once and found woodlice. When we searched the web it said woodlice will eat green shoots if they don't find other stuff like dried wood/leaves etc. But there is plenty of that in the park an in our garden ....
I'm a bit at a loss and am considering moving the plant somewhere else. We won't be able to move it until next spring though and I am afraid whatever is eating it is going to kill it :(
- 22 May, 2012