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Rhubarb leaves being eaten by slugs,snails and caterpillars

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by IrisAtwood, Jul 20, 2021.

  1. IrisAtwood

    IrisAtwood Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi,
    I have very recently planted a new crown of rhubarb which is growing well but the new leaves are being heavily attacked and eaten by slugs, snails and caterpillars. I don’t want to kill the minibeasts but think the leaf damage will affect the growth. Any insight or advice welcome.
     
  2. JWK

    JWK Gardener Staff Member

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    You can pick slugs and snails off at night by torchlight, then it's up to you how to dispose of them, you don't have to kill them, but they will find their way back if you simply drop them nearby.

    Caterpillars you can hand pick during the day.
     
  3. Black Dog

    Black Dog Gardener of useful things

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    Guess this means slug-food is pretty rare in your garden. My slugs wouldn't touch the rhubarb until it was the last available food source.

    Edit: if you are lucky this problem will go away after one season since plants aren't eager to be eaten themselves. So in the upcoming months or year there is a good chance they will develop some natural slug repellant and after that be left in peace
     
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