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Hi all I’m a new gardener and having a lot of lovely new plants have been watching in dismay as they’re being chomped away. I initially thought it was slugs and put 2 lots of nematodes down but no help... and perhaps the damage is too high up? Any ideas much appreciated. Thanks in advance


  • LauraRoslinLauraRoslin Posts: 496

    Do you have any photos of the damage?  And what plants are they? We need a lot more detail before we can help.
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  • KatGKatG Posts: 38
    Hi, I thought I’d posted several photos? You can’t see them? Hydrangeas, Roses mostly. 
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  • KatGKatG Posts: 38
    Sorry looks like they didn’t upload with my original post, hydrangeas, Rose, choysia are mainly affected and a couple others I can’t recall the name of.. thanks for taking a look.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,138
    Looks like vine weevil damage to me

    I find the nematodes work well  :)

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Much of that damage looks like it was made by adult vine weevils.  This is bad news as it means they will have laid eggs in the soil which will hatch into root-eating grubs. Plants in pots are especially susceptible due to lack of natural soil predators.  The good news is that vine weevil nematodes are available which will kill the grubs, as are traps for the adults. :)  
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