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Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
what pest has done this?
« on: April 09, 2016, 12:12:51 pm »
Hello everyone,

Ive had a look in the greenhouse this morning and found that something has been at my seedlings but I'm not sure what it is. I have some elderberry tree seedlings in pots and some of them have had the leaves nipped off, mostly at the stem but some half way through the leaf, pretty cleanly. But the leaves are just left on the soil, not eaten.

I have a pot containing about 8 cherry tree seedlings which have all been plucked out, no evidence remaining that they were there except the little hole the roots were in.

My cucumber and melon seedlings have all been eaten down to the root.

I also have various other seedlings, a bit of everything, which have been left alone. This all happened last night so I'm assuming there is only one culprit but it could be different things i guess.

Any ideas what pests have this sort of MO? The strangest thing is probably the cherry trees being gone completely, roots and all with little disturbance around the hole they were in. And also the elderberry's, the main stems are intact but one or two have had every leaf nipped off and the leaves are just lay there on the soil.




Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: what pest has done this?
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2016, 12:17:28 pm »

Sounds a bit mousey to me - they love their greens  ;D  And where there's one mouse there are several, so they could easily do that much damage in a night.  I'm not sure that the cherries fit the MO though.
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DavidandCollette

  • Joined Dec 2012
Re: what pest has done this?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2016, 12:41:41 pm »
Any sign of bird droppings?

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: what pest has done this?
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2016, 01:17:26 pm »
Sounds mousey to me too.  Bait or trap as they'll keep returning.

Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: what pest has done this?
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2016, 04:13:12 pm »
I did think mouse to begin with but the way some of the leaves were ripped looked birdy, no sign of any droppings at all.

Would mice just leave the leaves on the ground without eating them?

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: what pest has done this?
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2016, 06:30:42 pm »
I did think mouse to begin with but the way some of the leaves were ripped looked birdy, no sign of any droppings at all.

Would mice just leave the leaves on the ground without eating them?


Yes.  But so would birds.  Because your plants are in your greenhouse I didn't think of birds, but if they can get in then it's a possibility.
Look out for other signs, such as entry points for rodents and for birds
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

 

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