Dahlia problem

I have a dahlia doing extremely well in a large container in compost.

The leaves are currently being eaten alive by something but I can't spot any kind of insect.

Any ideas?



  • Slug or snail probably-look under the rim of the pot or underneath -scatter a few pelletsimage

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    go out when its going dark and have a look for slugs.  slugs love dahlias.


    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Two of my dahlias are being nibbled by tiny (1cm) green grasshoppers! They're not doing much damage, but have never seen this before.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,363

    Let's hope that's not the start of a plague of dahlia-loving locusts, SwissSue! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Better not be! But they are quite cute, except when they get in your hair!image

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