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Nature Can Be Cruel

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Jul 20, 2011.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    This Spring we had to battle drought, croton scale, mealy bugs and red spider mites. Just when you think you have overcome the maladies this happens. :mad: These are pictures of snail chew marks on my Mona Lisa leaves. Couldn't chew on Veitchii leaves. No they have to dine on my slowest cultivar. :(

    I guess I need to add spreading snail bait as another garden chore. The Merit does not appear to effect them. :(
     

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  2. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Lubber Grasshopper? Whatever was chewing tried it for awhile and figured it was not very appetizing.
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Lubber Grasshoppers start at the edges and move toward the rachis. Snails make holes using a rasping action. I had this another time on my Van Buren. Lubber Grasshoppers have not been seen in the Moose Land for many a year, Thank God. ;)

     
  4. Judy Glock

    Judy Glock Active Member

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    We have snails and iguanas chewing on our crotons in the Keys! Especially those on the canal side of our property.
     
  5. keith

    keith Active Member

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    Judy- Im so happy you found your computer! its nice to see you post
     
  6. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Yea....and a big round of applause for Keith too!!! BTW, do you have the croton, Applause? It's looking awefully nice in the garden now.
     
  7. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I heard there must be 10-12 air layers on that Applause thing. :p
     
  8. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Here in my garden, I've never had snail damage on crotons thank god. Is this plant in the ground Ron? Thinking about what u could wrap around the stem to deter them. Sluggo has to be reapplied after rains, no?
     
  9. keith

    keith Active Member

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    Jeff, It would look more beautiful in my garden------no I dont have it.
     
  10. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Bren - yes in the ground.

    As for Sluggo .... OHHH NOOOOOOOOO he is so mean to me. :eek:

     

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