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Munched Delphs

Hi, I've got a dozen young Delphiniums plants in 9cm pots that have been munched by, I  presume by our resident fat pigeons. They've been left with no leaves, just a couple of stalks. Will they survive if I plant them in a new border or shall I leave them in the pots till the Spring?

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    Slugs usually for delphiniums. 
    In any case, they're such small plants, and already vulnerable with that damage, so keep them a bit protected until next spring/summer when they'll be bigger and stronger, and able to withstand it all a bit more. If you have a cold frame, you could use that - opened up, and it'll let them recover without making them too 'soft'.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks Fairygirl, I'll pop them in the greenhouse - it's got that many missing panes, dodgy door it's like a coldframe!!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    That should help - hopefully! It just lets them get a chance to grow.  :)
    I gave up on delphiniums a very long time ago because of slugs. It became pointless. It's that soft, lush new growth they love.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...

  • Mine do rather well, 7ft this year!
  • You obviously need more slugs 😉 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    I can happily send a few... ;)

    I sent this one to my sister last week - the photo, not the slug....


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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