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Purple Sprouting attack

A friend recently gave me about 10 purple sprouting plants which were about 10cm in height . I then planted them out about 60cm apart placing a net over them and plenty of slug pellets around them . However I went to check this morning and the slugs have eaten half of some of the leaves and on 2 plants the top two leaves clean off.imageimage

What I would like to know is do I have to pull them up and start again or can they be saved.

Answers gratefully recieved.Thanks

The Determined Veg Grower


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,102

    Keep looking after them and put out some  beer traps for the slugs.  If they've only got the side leaves the plants should recoverimage - if they've taken the tops right out they're probably gonners image

    Go around the garden at night with a torch and grab the little beasties - also, I sometimes find that offering the slugs and snails  a more tasty alternative nearby will make them leave your plants alone -  a heap of chopped lettuce leaves at the end of a row of plants may well do the trick - then you can nab them and give them to a neighbour's chickens, or drown them or cover them with salt or ...... or .......image

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

  • Thanks for your response - a beer trap going in now! image

    Then lets see!imageimage

  • I am also wondering whether to put some cabbage collars around the plants .

    A wise idea???

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,102

    You could, or you could cover with fleece to prevent Cabbage Root Fly attack, or you could do both - if I was growing it I'd probably use both - belt and braces approach. image

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

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    Sorry about this but I can't help smiling when I see your thread title


     I've never yet succesfully grown the stuff. Too many predators and I'm clearly not as determined as you TDVG.

  • Well this year may be my first and last time of growin it!image

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    If you manage to grow some, I will be very glad for you and will hang on your every word ;- )  I really like it and it's always very pricey in shops as well as having a short season.

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