are being eaten
our succulents that we have in one garden or in pots are being eaten.
The other area has not been touched. At one stage we found some
small 'bronze beetles' that didn't respond to spraying. We had a
short respite and they are now being eaten again. The plants in
pots seem to be worse.
and snails are the likely culprits. I am not aware of the Bronze
Beetle affecting succulents I know they love roses, new shoots
and developing fruit.
A systemic insecticide
such as Orthene would control the beetle, but it is likely to disappear
on its own accord as quickly as it appeared. Try applying slug bait
around your succulents. If you are worried about animals or bird
life being affected, use Quash. Otherwise Blitzem, Baysol or Slug
Slam will do the trick.
Placing a mulch of fine
gravel or crushed shell around your succulents may also work in
keeping slugs and snails at bay.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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