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Something eating my violas

Hi this might have been asked before but I'm new to the group. Something is eating my violas. I've got pots of them all over the garden but they are just eating one pot. I haven't seen slime trails and it's been dry where we live so I'm not sure it's snails. What is it and how can I stop them?



  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,457

    You could tip the pot out onto a blanket or plastic sheet and have a look through the compost for vine weevil larvae.  They look like maggots with a bronze coloured head and are curled into a C shape.

    If it is them, stick the whole contents of the pot into double/triple wrapped plastic and stick it in the bin sealed (not the compost or council green bin).

    Then scrub the pot with a bleach wash and let it dry to kill any eggs.

    Another big giveaway is there are no roots on the plant in the pot.

    This is what happened to me anyway.  Others might have a different solution.

  • Cheers worth a try. There is another plant in that pot. It's quite a big pot and that isn't being bothered by anything. I'd heard violas are very edible though.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    If you can see damage to leaves and flowers the problem is probably slugs although rabbits may like a nibble, too. Vine weevil grubs work under the soil and the plant droops and looks thirsty but doesn't improve when watered. When you dig it up all the roots have been eaten.

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    woodlice, go out at night with a torch & you will catch them in the act ;)

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