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I bought a lovely Lobelia "Queen Victoria " last weekend. It has a beautiful deep red stem or should I say had. Something is striping the outer red layer from the stem. Has anyone any ideas what might be doing this?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    Slugs are very fond of lobelias. Can you see any slime trails about

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,591

    Slugs or snails.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You will have to grow it with a moat of water around it.  It looks lovely when it on sale, but nobody will tell you how much slugs and snails love it.

  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 488

    I had a red stemed lobelia in my pond.  Heaven knows how they managed to crawl across the water from the edge (along the bottom and up?).   The stems were a good 7/8 inches away from the side and sitting in two incheses of water, but slugs still managed to get onto it and have a field day with It.  Decimated.  Never attempted to grow it again.  Convinced slugs must have parachuted in.

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    I had one as well and slugs made a meal of it so never again for me.

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