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I have these convallaria which recently have been eaten by something. What and how do I stop it (now and next year). The growing was going okay(ish) but it was the 22 May and no flowers?? slightly worrying Can anyone help.imageimageimage


  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    there is moss on the surface of the pots which makes me think they've been kept somewhere out of direct sunlight and too damp, this will have stressed the plants and made them more susceptible to damage, put damp places is where you find slugs and snails (the things causing the damage).

    they also look like they could be moved to just one pot, lily of the valley like being a bit closer together

    move to somewhere that gets a bit of direct sunlight for a couple of hours per day and make sure the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot are clear. if you have to use snail pellets make sure they are ferrous and not harmful to wildlife

  • Thanks Treehugger.

    The pots are placed against a northwest facing wall so are in the shade until the evening. I was of the understanding that they are not sun lovers? I will, as you suggest put them together in one pot at the end of summer I was worried about congestion. I did not think of snails I thought it could possibly be some flying critters. Certainly I will go to the Garden Centre and see what they have.

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    not sun lovers but will enjoy a couple of hours of sun (not around midday - early morning or evening would be fine) they're woodland plants by nature, so some direct sun will do them no harm

    as they're not flowering you should be fine to put in one pot now, just try and keep as much soil on the roots as possible

  • okay, thanks. They do get evening sun but are mostly shaded so what with the rainy days last week (in Yorkshire) it was probably too much for them. As you spotted there is green mould on the soil so I will scrape that away, give them more sunshine and hope for the best. I assume that in their bedraggled state no flowers are to be expected this year?

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    no, they should be flowering either now or fairly shortly so if you can't see any flower spikes there won't be any this year

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