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Keep a watchful eye for signs of vine weevil beetles nibbling the edges of leaves and their grubs who will be munching on roots below the surface.
Soft scale is a very widespread and common scale insect attacking a wide variety of garden and glasshouse plants. It is a flat, oval pale yellow/brown insect usually found near the midribs of leaves and on stems and produces large amounts of honeydew.
The larval stage of Solomon’s seal sawfly can completely defoliate Polygonatum species and hybrids in early summer.
The presence of sooty mould fungi usually indicates that a plant has become affected by a sap-sucking pest. Sooty moulds do not attack the plant directly, but their growth is unsightly and can reduce plant vigour by preventing photosynthesis.
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is a fruit fly that was first reported in the UK in 2012. Unlike most other fruit flies it can damage otherwise unblemished soft and stone fruit including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, blueberries, grapes, cherries and plums. The RHS first saw and identified samples via RHS Gardening Advice in summer 2015.
Many gardeners look forward to a spring display of bulbs, unfortunately the bulbs do not always give the expected display. One possible cause for failure is Ditylenchus dipsaci the stem and bulb eelworm which can cause poor growth and death in a wide range of plants, not just bulbs.
Swift moth caterpillars are dirty-white with brown heads. They live in soil and feeding on plant roots and at the base of plant stems which can cause plants to collapse.
Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) is a popular conifer, grown most commonly as hedging. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be attacked by Thuja blight, an unsightly disease of the foliage that can cause loss of vigour, particularly on young trees.
Although easy to grow and very rewarding, tomatoes can suffer from a range of easily preventable leaf problems.
These moth caterpillars bind leaves together with silky threads and feed inside. They can affect a range of plants and in a glasshouse can cause damage throughout the year.
The distinctive caterpillars of this moth feed on a wide range of shrubs and trees but they are rarely present in sufficient numbers to cause significant problems.
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