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small worm (?) in tree/shrub rootball - is this bad ?

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gingeroots Mon 24-Oct-16 20:33:57

I was repotting a pittisporum that I bought about 3 weeks ago and was loosening the roots very gently when I noticed a small worm like thing ,perhaps a little darker and more leathery than an eart worm .Tho at the time I didn't think much of it and just thought it was worm .

but it was quite embedded in the roots ,so not a worm ?

should I be worried ?

NanTheWiser Mon 24-Oct-16 20:55:56

Well, it's very hard to say, without seeing a pic! Probably nothing to worry about, worms are everywhere in the soil.

gingeroots Mon 24-Oct-16 21:32:12

Sorry blush .Mind you nan you and others on here are so on it ,I thought you all had crystal balls !

I've only just got a phone with a camera ( very cheap but I guess it will work ) so I may be moving into the realm of posting pics .

On another subject ,I wonder if I should have been less gentle and freed the roots more .But I can't see how one does that without breaking the roots .

shovetheholly Tue 25-Oct-16 07:06:54

There are loads of minibeasts that live in and around the roots of plants - not all of them bad by a long shot, so it's probably OK! I can't think of any obvious pest on pittosporums that would be around the roots...

gingeroots Tue 25-Oct-16 10:05:10

Ah ,thank you !

Kr1stina Tue 25-Oct-16 11:20:16

Is it a wife worm?

Kr1stina Tue 25-Oct-16 11:21:18

LOL at autocorrect wire worm

gingeroots Tue 25-Oct-16 20:23:32

Yes ,I think it was a wireworm ( thank you for posting a picture ! ).

I've googled and not got much info other than that they eat roots and there's not much one can do .

Any advice ?

shovetheholly Wed 26-Oct-16 08:18:29

Oooh, great spot kristina. Have to admit I don't know much about these little fellas - I associate them more with potatoes and open soil than pots. So everything I say here is fairly worthless, on the basis that I have no real knowledge!

RHS advice is that they will decline as you bring soil into cultivation, which makes me wonder whether you've already discouraged it by repotting:

Harrod Horticultural reckon that March/April are critical times to turn the soil, so you might want to upend it again in spring and have a look around the roots?

If the plant is looking reasonably sound and healthy, and you only saw one worm, then I wouldn't worry too much. However, if you start to have concerns, the site above says there are nematodes that you can use to control them.

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