Post by Rick Hillier on Apr 20, 2007 10:46:45 GMT -5
I finally got the mulch off of my bog garden yesterday and I am not too pleased with what I saw.
It would appear that a bunch of slugs had an orgy in there. I had two red dragon VFTs in there for several years and were very healthy. This year, all I found was the (hopefully intact) growth tip of one of the plants. The dentes were absolutely untouched, and they were kind enough to leave me two of my ping vulgaris (out of about 20)
Last year, I tried leaving the old pitchers on the plants to see what would happen. From what I see right now, there's a lot of rot present and I lost a couple of rhizomes (leucos, I'm sure).
I'm going to trim everything down on Saturday and see what things look like. Here's hoping for the best.
BTW, in regard to the slug orgy, I know that it happened, as there are tons of their eggs present all over the soil of the garden. Does anyone know of an effective "slugicide" that would knock these things off when they hatch / come out of their hiding spots that will not wreck the soil ph or harm the plants? I would need to put this right in the garden.
Maybe something made of Copper?? copper rings around the base of the plants, copper foil, something like that- you don't want to use anything that will release copper into the bog is all- there's probably a better way
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Because my old eyes are failing me, I have great difficulty in picking out the slugs by forcep ... so I infrequently use this product called "deadline" . I think it's manufactured by Later's Chemicals. It looks like a grey gooey paste, and it attracts slugs. Slugs don't cross the line you create with it. One taste, and it's slug heaven.
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I once created little moats around my salvia plants with diatomaceous earth. I hear digging little holes and putting containers with stale beer attracts and drowns them. Slug bait is good too although somewhat more toxic. What about an ordinary moat? Do slugs swim?
Post by funkytechnician on Apr 20, 2007 13:43:04 GMT -5
sorry to hear of the losses I use a weak solution of water and sulfur to keep winter rot down, maybe you could try that for your sarracenia next your to keep from loosing the rhizome to mold, as for the slugs, perhaps an electrified battle grid of some sort......
Bummer! Well I know nothing about how it works with CPs, but the last horticulturalist before me had an affinity for slug bait (not sure which brand may be called that or slug'em) I have like 10 bottles and don't use it at all, too bad I didn't know before hand, I would have brought you one! sib
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