Something is eating my rhubarb leaves!!

Discussion in 'Plant Pests, Diseases and Weeds' started by wizardofzog, May 1, 2009.

  1. wizardofzog

    wizardofzog New Seed

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    Something is eating my rhubarb leaves. On first inspection it looked liked caterpillar damage, but after a really good search...no caterpillars to be seen. I asked a neighbour and he suggested it may be a beetle, so i searched online and found that it could very well be earwigs.....brrrrrr...hate earwigs! I have had two of the blighters inside my ear in my lifetime, not a nice experience!

    Anyhow,I have seen a few in my gerden, does anyone have an organic solution because I do not use any chemicals whatsoever in 'planet zog'.

    Please help!!! I love rhubarb! x :roll:
     



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  2. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Strangely enough I was checking on my rhubarb just yesterday and noticed that one of the plants had been munched on. The older, tougher plant is doing really well with little, or no, damage. However, the young, tender one is being ripped to threads. :-x I put it down to slug or snail damage. I simply pick them off and send them, via my size eight shoes, to mollusc heaven. :D I'm an organic gardener too and would never use slug pellets as they not only poison the slugs and snails but any creature that eats them too.
     
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    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    I'm like Eileen most of the time. I squash things. I don't mind the earwigs eating the rhubarb leaves since we only compost those, but I really dislike the lily beetles and other beetles munching on lilies and rhododendrons. I won't start on the slugs.
     
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    dooley Super Garden Turtle

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    For earwigs, mix molasses, water and veg. oil. Put it in shallow lids around the rhubarb. You generally have to change it every day. I always kept a jar mixed and handy. I haven't seen many here in Texas. dooley
     
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    wizardofzog New Seed

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    Thanks everyone, will definitely be trying the molasses, oil and water.

    After some extensive searching ......i also learned that neem oil diluted is a very good spray for pests but does not harm good bugs or humans and because it does not stay on the leaves for that long it is nice and organic and safe. So I may try a mix of neem, oil and water also.

    I keep a bottle of neem in my cosmetics drawer so will try over the weekend and post results.

    Love from zog.xxx :-D
     
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    :-? How much Molasses, vegie oil and water do you use to make this concoction?[/b] This is the first time I've planted Rhubarb.

    thank you for you help!
     
  7. JamieJTW

    JamieJTW New Seed

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    the molasses, oil and water works a treat. Much better than chemicals imo