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Delphiniums and Slugs

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MissFoodie Wed 12-Jun-13 18:44:09

I just received a delphinium plant and found out that slugs love them....
it's like the annual slug convention outside at the moment so any ideas how I can keep them off it???
Was thinking copper tape but dont know how I can surround the base with it???? it's about 50 cm tall at the moment

aircooled Wed 12-Jun-13 19:34:00

Cut the base off a 2litre (or suitable size) plant pot and stick a line of the copper tape around the middle of the pot . Push it into the soil around the plant. Eliminate any slugs inside the ring - pellets if you have to or something more 'eco' - and the delphinium should thrive - assuming the b******s don't sneak onto the leaves from a neighbouring plant. (Plant pot not very attractive but hopefully soon hidden by foliage.) Hopefully. Slugs do travel underground....

My newly planted-out sunflowers have been felled by tiny slugs nibbling away at the base. It hasn't even been raining!

MissFoodie Wed 12-Jun-13 20:02:37

oh good idea! I can use the 2 litre pot it came in, have ordered copper tape and "eco" pellets (iron phosphate)...
was also thinking about trying nematodes????

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 12-Jun-13 20:53:41

Nematodes are great, but you have to have the ideal combination of temperature and no heavy rain.

Pfaffer Wed 12-Jun-13 20:54:43

Would slugs eat them? Delphiniums are super poisonous.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 12-Jun-13 21:25:29

Every delphinium I have ever planted has been obliterated by slugs. That the slugs might have died of poisoning is my only consolation.

MissFoodie Thu 13-Jun-13 00:23:12


LayMizzRarb Thu 13-Jun-13 16:14:25

They have been at my Gerberas too! If I lift the container on to my patio table, will the slugs make the effort to climb up the table legs to rech it?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 13-Jun-13 18:35:45

Hmm. Hard to know. I find snails in all sorts of unlikely places (such as the top storey of the growhouse) and yet the cosmos seedlings which are usually prime snail fodder and which I have on the garden table have been untouched.

WildThongsHeartString Thu 13-Jun-13 21:40:28

I've had a lot of success (compared to last years slugfest) by using nematodes every 6 weeks since Easter, so 3 doses so far. Even the hostas are in good condition. My neighbour has used the 'water in' slug poison and says it has been good too.

I have had a few big snails with shells but nothing like last year when they ate all my bedding plants and an established shrub too.

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