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Primula and primrose pest

I have recently retired and got into gardening. Can anyone help. On primula and primroses I have planted some pest seems to be eating the green leaves and nibbling the flowers. It happens when planted in the soil and before whilst in the tray. I have sprayed with Provedo Has anyone any other remedies.image


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,502

    It looks like slug or snail damage to me. I think I can also see a trail on one of the leaves. Spraying them won't make any difference.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,102

    Yes, slugs and or snails ... use slug pubs and hand picking in the evenings with a torch  and/or environmentally friendly ferrous based slug pellets.  

    I also find a top dressing of horticultural grit helps to deter the blighters. 

    You may find that slugs have set up home between the plastic lining and the side of the container - they're sneaky like that image

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

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    If you get fed up, strangely, slugs don't take nearly so much interest in native primroses or cowslips, both of which are very pretty.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,502

    You're right posy. They don't seem of interest to any of the  usual suspects.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • eileenoeileeno Posts: 19

    Thanks everyone. I have noticed that the wild primroses in the field aren't attacked as mine. I will be out tonight with my torch. The sneaky little pest. Thanks again. Eileen 

  • sooty5sooty5 Posts: 107

    Just in case it's not slugs or snails eileeno i regularly find green and brown caterpillars hidden in the primroses and primulas , they are well hidden and you really have to look hard but they do exactly the same damage as shown in your pictures . Might be worth having a look . When i have found them and got rid of them the damage stops on that plant .

    Good luck 

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