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Nasturtium massacre

Tin potTin pot Posts: 359
You can’t look away for a few days can you?

Of the few successes my nasturtiums were huge, now two are in the bin and this one has little chance...



Theyre in a border with gladioli and grapevine...what can I do to save my nasturtiums and protect the rest of the border?
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  • wrighttwrightt Posts: 166
    Are they insects? if so try washing the leaves with a bit of soap. if not try spraying with a bug killer if this is what they are. In my garden they all go bonkers and re seed them selves every year so I end up pulling some out.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,914
    Nasturtiums are often grown as sacrificial plants to attract blackfly and Cabbage White butterflies and keep them away from other plants.  
    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • AlliumPurpleSensationAlliumPurpleSensation Kent Posts: 59
    I’ve pulled up mine after the second year of black fly but it is meant no other plants have become infested x
  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 359
    So...leave them in to save the gladioli and grape?

    They looked so good a few weeks ago.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,914
    Nothing is for ever ... especially in the garden  ;)
    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • LynLyn Posts: 9,463
    Just leave them, whilst they’ve getting ruined your other plants may be spared, bees like the flowers, ladybirds like the aphids, probably best to spray them with pesticide though, we don’t want bees and ladybirds really in the garden. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 3,435
    I grow nasturtiums all over my garden. I tend to find the ones that get the blackfly are the ones that get the least water. The same goes for aphids.
  • LynLyn Posts: 9,463
    Nice food for ladybirds and ants Fire. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 3,435
    My garden is currently covered in cabbage whites, their eggs and caterpillars. I hope this is a useful contribution. Most gardeners curse them, it seems. Even the green types. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 9,463
    I don’t feel guilty about removal at egg stage. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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