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Old 05-24-2013, 08:30 AM
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I __HATE__ snails!!

Just venting . . .

My Dendrobium unicum had just sprouted a tiny new growth, only a millimeter or 2 long. Last night, I was checking my plants, noticed I did not see the bright green tip. In its place was a tiny snail, smaller than a pinhead! Needless to say, he was quickly squished.

And yes, a hand lens (loupe) confirms the new growth was pretty much hollowed out. Probably past metaldehyde applications have apparently washed through with all the recent rain, no longer effective.

Tonight, time to re-apply metaldehyde granules. I just hope this little guy will re-sprout another new growth.
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Sorry to hear that I have not yet had to deal with snails, and here's keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have to any time soon.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:26 AM
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Its a constant battle in my greenhouse between me, snails and slugs! They really love the tender root tips, and really jacked up my Den vic-reg. Not one good root was left. I had to completely remove it from the mount and re-do everything.

I got Sluggo, since its supposed to be natural and pet-friendly - it seems to be helping, but i still go out at night with a flashlight to check. I use a bamboo skewer and make slug kabobs.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:46 AM
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Its a constant battle in my greenhouse between me, snails and slugs! They really love the tender root tips, and really jacked up my Den vic-reg. Not one good root was left. I had to completely remove it from the mount and re-do everything.

I got Sluggo, since its supposed to be natural and pet-friendly - it seems to be helping, but i still go out at night with a flashlight to check. I use a bamboo skewer and make slug kabobs.
I have heard of Sluggo, and may give it a try if I can find it locally. Right now I only treat in the pots with the Metaldehyde (my dogs frequent the back yard where the plants are located). Maybe I can use Sluggo under the bench. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:03 PM
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Any time! Here's the one i use







It says you can even sprinkle it in the pot. I've done that and I sprinkle it under my mounts.
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Me too, Catt!!! Slugs are so gross~

However, surprisingly, I do not have a slug problem around my garden (*knock on wood*). I am thinking it is because of 1 of 3 things: 1) I grow indoors, 2) my patio becomes the gates of hell in full sun, and 3) did I mention the gates of hell?! Thats HOT! So maybe not so surprising afterall...
But I do have a doggie that likes to take chunks out of my plants from time to time.
But I am going to take Brigitte's suggestion for when I move. In my new apartment I will be living downstairs and surrounded by plants that are not my own.
Good luck on your slug troubles, Catt!!! Get'em good!!!


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I use a bamboo skewer and make slug kabobs.
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I also have slug/snail issues all over my garden!! They love my hostas and I also use sluggo. I put my oncidium, Miltassia, and Den. My Den had aphids after a week and my Oncidium was eaten by something either aphids or slugs. The damage looked like slug. I am trying the cracked eggshells. I sprayed the heck out of everything.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:23 PM
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I applied the Metaldehyde, and while doing that noticed a spike stem on a Phal that had some damage (maybe enough to kill the spike, maybe not).

Water under the bridge; at least the treatment is now done.
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Just found a minute garlic snail has eaten off my neofinetia root tips, grrrrrrr. Fed him to the nepenthes, might as well recycle the protein!
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:33 AM
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I agree the snails are terrible right now. I live in S. Florida and I go out in the morning and pick them up and feed them to the fish in the canal behind my house. I put down the Ortho slug & snail pellets after we get a hard rain. The problem is they come crawling over from my neighbors house. I have had so many of my new growth on my orchids just eaten away by these pesky critters. So the battle continues!!! Perhaps I should try Slugo as suggested.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:20 AM
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Sorry to hear that! I found some slug/snail trails around my outside plants, but I haven't seen them feasting yet. I bought similar stuff, but I can't remember the name...but its also pet friendly. Anyhow, I sprinkled it around hoping it would help.
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They're awful! Found some slugs crawling along the frame of the greenhouse ( inside), more kabobs!
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:37 PM
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They're awful! Found some slugs crawling along the frame of the greenhouse ( inside), more kabobs!
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I have these 'cute' little snails that my teens like. I have to put them in a container with lettuce when I find them. I do not find cute what they do to my roots and leaves!
When my granular systemic left some unresponsive snail shells, I cleared away the evidence quickly. I find them in the pitchers of my purple pitcher plant, too.
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I use Sluggo and Diatomaceous Earth. I started using both last year. The disadvantage of the DE is that once it's wet you have to reapply. My chids are still indoors for now. I have not seen any signs of slugs or snails since using them
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There is a home remedy in killing those slugs and snails in your garden. You must need a lot of salt or buy a lot of salt and sprinkle it into slugs or snails or perhaps sprinkle it into an even layer in the snug/snail infested area.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:41 PM
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Julius, although I appreciate the thought, and attempt to help, salt is quite harmful to both orchids and to garden soil.
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Aww sorry to hear about that darn snail! I had a similar issue before with my den, though I did not know who was the culprit, but saw munching on a bud, luckily caught the damage in time and I decided to bring in the den. The bud continued on to grow and bloom, though there was visible damage on one of the petals.
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When i get snails or slugs i lay down a few small plastic cups half filled with beer around and between my plants. The slimy little monsters are attracted to this like frat boys to an open bar and after a few drinks end up diving into the beer. Unable to get out, they eventually drown.

Slugs are like people if you offer free drinks first one will show up and will then call his friends. I always find several dead ones in each cup next day.
Its also refreshing and safe.
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I did try beer in cups around my plants but my four year old kept following after me trying to drink it!!! Now I bring them in every night and check for beasties. Bit of a pain but at least I don't have to kebab them!!!!
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Catt,

I live in North Carolina and absolutely hate snails....lots of them right now. Aaarggh! However, Sluggo works great! They're little pellets that are lightly sprinkled on the top of the potting medium. It's also pet safe.
2 years ago I had an awful problem with slugs and snails, lots of chunks and bites out of the orchid leaves. After 10 years of growing these beauties I almost threw in the towel. Last Spring I started using Sluggo and was amazed within a week or two to not see holey leaves. I also use Diamataceous Earth around the pots that have saucers. I've only seen a couple of dead snails but from what I've read about these products the S&S won't die on the spot. But they will crawl back home and die en route or at home. The product lacerates them, hard shells included and they die from dehydration. Thought this would make your day!!!
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I have skunks at my house. Skunks eat snails and slugs, yet another reason I love skunks! (There's lots of reasons, but that's for another thread.) At my old place, snails - big ones and bark snails - were the bane on my life. I found some things that kept them off my plants and are safe to use around birds and bees: Dr DoRight's; Zero Tolerance; and Monterey Slug and Snail Repellent. These are all herb-oil based and at least one is also an insecticidal soap and need to be reapplied after watering or rain. Applying directly to a snail or slug does kill them (done it many times!) and plants with these things on it aren't attractive to slugs and snails. They also kill aphids and many other common orchid pests, but don't harm bees or wildlife. Deer don't like it; I've sprayed Zero Tolerance on plants I don't want deer snacking on and so far, so good!
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I finally had to deal with my first snail/slug eating root tips. I had to soak the plant and that seemed to do the trick. Not fun!!
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Do the snails just kind of appear? I was watering my orchids last night and thought I saw one. It was really tiny but appeared to be a snail.
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And it was on my dendrobium that is struggling to survive. I am looking for a dendrobium thread about leaves turning yellow and dying if there are any suggestions!
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And it was on my dendrobium that is struggling to survive. I am looking for a dendrobium thread about leaves turning yellow and dying if there are any suggestions!
The snails and slugs are mostly in hiding during the day and come out when it is either wet or when it is cool/dark.

Regarding yellow leaves on the Dendrobium, many species do lose their leaves as the canes mature. My D. unicum is one of these.
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I read an article in Orchids magazine about a natural snail / slug repellant called quassia. It said to make a "tea" by soaking the chips in water 24-48 hours, strain, then spray on your plants. The recipe in the magazine called for 4 oz of chips to 1 gallon of water, and I found a place online that sells that exact amount for $3.00. I'm gonna give it a go and see what happens. I'll report back if I stop seeing nibbled root tips on my mounts, and those tiny bush snails in my pots.
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