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Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 949
Does anyone else get aruncus sawfly?
I have 3 large plants, and the lower leaves of all of them are shredded.
The blooms seem unaffected.
Any suggestions to avoid or minimise next year would be really helpful.
Many thanks,
Bee x

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,611
    I’ve  never seen them , I’ve got a huge white one and the shorter pink variety. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 949
    Hi @Lyn,

    It's the big white one I've got .... Aruncus sylvester.
    Happens every year.
    The smallest one has no leaves left, and the 2 bigger ones have all the lower leaves shredded.
    Think it might be too dry where they are, so I'm going to move all of them to a damper spot at the end of the summer. 
    It's a shame because they look good where they are.

    I'll also have a look for some nematodes. Maybe the gooseberry sawfly ones would work.

    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,611
    I don’t know which nematodes, I expect google will say.  My Solomon's Seal get eaten every year by sawfly caterpillars,  I just cut the stalks and lay them on the path for the birds. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 949
    Yep ... my Solomon's Seal tends to get nibbled towards the end of the season.

    Now the ruddy pheasants are tucking into the strawberries rolleyes
    Nature eh!

    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,611
    Mine too although the ones outside seem to have put themselves there, I grow them in pots in GH. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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