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This might be one for the professionals. Several plants seem to get this damage in the soft tips, salvias and fuchsias particularly. This of course means loss of flower. There is no evidence of insects or caterpillars and I have not had any sprays near them and plants along side are damaged. Another question for everyone, do you find some colour plants just don't flower well or not at all, mine seem to be blue ones! Thirdly what are we as amateur gardeners to do to keep vine weevil under control now Provdo weevil killer has been taken off the shelves? Nematodes are hardly practical and expensive, how are you who are growing for sale going to manage the problem? All comments will be appreciated.

Comments (8)

  1. Grower

    Paul & Valerie Guppy

    I use "bug clear" vine weevil killer and it works perfectly well on the hercheras which are plagued by the weevils without it.

  2. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    Looks like capsid bug damage I also have it. Very annoying but does lessen as autumn approaches, cooler nights means less activity.

  3. Grower

    Winifred Field

    Thankyou Clive and Paul. Is "Bug Clear" named especially for vine weevil or general bug treatment? Who makes it, so I can look out for it myself?
    Regards Win

  4. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    Unfortunately it is a systemic action pesticide & will harm pollinators too! The pesticide is passed through the leaves into the roots & flowers and consequently into the nectar. Being a bee-keeper I only use it on house plants, but it's up to you.

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    Clive McCormack

    Sorry Win, should have read your question better! Its manufactured by Scotts Miracle-Gro it is a neonicotinoid general purpose pesticide (non-specific) not just for vine Weevil. http://pcbin.co.uk/p/Graphics-Cards/B0017RNZM0/detail/BugClear-Ultra-Vine-Weevil-Killer-Insecticide.html hope this helps!

  6. Grower

    Clive McCormack

    Hi Paul, Valerie & Win

    I am sure this is the same product that contains Acetamiprid as the active ingredient. This is one of the neonicotinoid pesticides. The only safe use I use for vine weevils are nematodes. Win's images are more characteristic of capsid bug than vine weevils cut edges to the sides of leaves. This product will work against capsid too, the choose is yours, Hope this helps.

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    Clive McCormack

    I use it once in early autumn on pots only with fuschias & pelargoniums! I find unearthing your pots in early spring & repotting in fresh compost works well, before the weevil grubs get going & plants are dormant. Its a lot of work but spread spent compost or soil out on a sheet & sheet & the blackbirds & robins do the rest. They clear them very quickly as they are very hungry this time of year. As to snails try to create somewhere they like to hide during the day so you can collect them up, cool dry & shaded they seem to prefer the opposite to slugs that want moist cool places to hide. We have 2 chickens which love snails & slugs so they get recycled too! Its a real shame song & mistle thrushes aren't more common as they do a brilliant job clearing them.

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    Winifred Field

    Thankyou all for your replies. I have spotted "Bug Clear Vine Weevil Killer" on the shelves of a nursery we visited last week next to the standard "Bug Clear". So it would appear we may have an alternative but still quite expensive. I find the weevils are quite active on plants overwintered in the green house and when taking baskets apart for winter storage, they are already active in the roots, so I do like to treat the baskets and pots a week or two after planting up hopefully giving them most of the summer months without problems. I think the capsid bug could be the problem with the other damage though I have never spotted any insect life on them. I shall however be prepared next spring and spray early. I don't want to use these sprays and never use frequently or on all insundrey but we still don't have a lot of bee or butterfly activity in the garden despite growing all the plants they are supposed to like! Both gardens on either side of me are left totally unkept so its not them using sprays either.
    Regards Win


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