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50 in one pot

18 December 2017 22:41:53

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You know how they used to say:

If Mohammed cannot go to the mountain, then the mountain must go to Mohammed.

So if Elizabeth cannot go to the fuchsias (for fear of hypothermia), then the fuchsias must go to Elizabeth. And this is just what they have done - to the kitchen precisely, where along with my current HelpX helper Jon, work is progressing on the large pots which will be remaining out of doors.

We are assembling a mini-tunnell? tunell? you know what I mean - out of fleece. But in case that isn't sufficient, its 'belt and braces', with bubble-wrap either inside or outside the pots, and fleece caps on top.

But HORROR OF HORRORS, I spotted a vine-weevil on the base of one of the pots, and we decided to look in case there were others. We found FIFTY alive and wiggling in just one pot. No hope of the cold discouraging them!

I cannot imagine there are not others. My understanding is that nematodes suffer even more than I do when the soil gets below 5 degrees, so I will hope for the best, and wait till early Spring to treat them. 

PS I just put the heron picture in as he looks very calm and peaceful.

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TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 December 2017 13:47:43

Pity you can't encourage the Heron to eat the vine-weevils! I know you hate using chemicals on your plants but I think in your situation i would be using the chemical vine-weevil stuff on all those plants you are storing in the Gazebo as well as those currently in the kitchen. By Spring those vine weevils could have destroyed the roots of your fuschias. If they are alive and wriggling they are definitely eating!

JoanG JoanG 19 December 2017 21:43:35

That's a lot of work Elizabeth, I'm glad you have a helper!
Vine weevils can be such a menace in pots and, like you, I would prefer not to have to use chemicals but sometimes it's hard to avoid.  A while ago I had to completely replant one of my doorstep pots where these little nasties had munched their way through two heucheras, a gold-lace primula and a grass. 


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