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Rhubarb and Vine weevil .... should be re named We - Evil !!

Discussion in 'Gardening Discussions' started by Spruce, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. Spruce

    Spruce Glad to be back .....

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    Hi Team,

    I have been growing Rhubarb "Valentine" in a 40ltr pot it should of been its 3rd year and had been growing really well and looked happy in its huge pot .....

    I thought odd that no leaves has popped up, on closer inspection I discovered Vine Weevil. I tipped all the soil out off the pot on to the lawn and I stopped counting at over a 100 vine weevil grubs/ larvae.....

    This is the first time I have ever known them to like RHUBARB !!

    I did have some satisfaction as two robins spent well over two hours collecting them all up ....


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    • Perki

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      I am quite surprised they've eaten the rhurbarb roots maybe because its in a pot ? what a shame waiting all that time for a crop to not have it .

      I have seen them eat a woody sedum root system borrowing into it.
       
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      • blackstart

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        I can sympathise with you. I use to grow rhubarb plants for sale. I grew them in what we called "Vacapots", 15 pot inserts into a standard seed tray. I had around 400 of them and lost them all to VW. This was around the 1980s.

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        • Spruce

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          yes it was a packed lunch in a pot !! live and learn !!
           
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          I have or should I say the VW are now deciding what grows ... I do bait pots with begonias in during the summer and the compost at the end of the summer gets spread out on the lawn and the begonia tubers give a good wash and dry ...
           
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