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What’s eating my Alstrometia 😳

Hello everyone 

can anyine tell tell me what’s eating my Alstromeria, I had the same problem last year - is it moths? Little critters 😡

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,630
    More likely to be slugs and probably little ones.  Have you checked at night?
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • No but I have found some under my begonias - do I just pick them off or can I treat with anything? 
    Thank you Obelixx 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,630
    Nematodes, wildlife friendly slug pellets, beer bath, pick off and squish/drown/cut in two/salt.  I'd check over the pots and the compost as they will be lurking under the pot, in the rim, in the roots by day.  Remove any you find, put the plant back in the pot and mulch the top with sharp grit or coffee grinds or similar.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks 
    I’ve got a load of crushed egg shells in the pot as I thought that would help but it doesn’t seem to have 🤨 
    I’ll get my sister in the pots as she doesn’t mund picking them up! 

  • Just found 2 snails - now evicted 
    thanks for the advice 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,953
    I go around with a meat skewer and container.  Put them in the compost heap then they haven’t died in vain🙂
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • 🤣 lynn 
    my sister puts them in the grass out the front 🤷🏽‍♀️ Told her they will just eat their way back to my plants - I like your idea better 😊
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,953
    They home  Milly! 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • 😳 they will defo be getting put on a compost heap then! I said they would but was joking 🙈
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,463
    If you can manage it - take a look at your pots during the day - that's when you often find them lurking under the rims. If you have plants which have big, strappy leaves, they like hiding in there during the day too. They love my phormiums. 
    I enjoy squishing - no return journey then   ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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