Do Slugs Eat Wallflowers? (Erysimum)

Wallflowers are a great springtime flower and can really add a dash of colour when the garden is elsewise looking a little drab. but if you plan on growing wallflowers then you will want to know about any potential pest issues. Take slugs for example, do slugs eat wallflowers? Let’s have a look and find out.

Do Slugs Eat Wallflowers
Do Slugs Eat Wallflowers

So, Do Slugs Like Wallflowers?

No, wallflowers are one of the few spring plants that slugs seem to leave alone.

Why is this? No one definitively knows, but experience shows that they do tend to get left alone. I don’t think a lot of scientific research has been done into this like it has for some other plants.

But if you ask any gardener who grows wallflower they will tell you that slugs tend to leave it well alone.

This doesn’t mean that they will never eat it, but that it is unlikely. If you have all the telltale signs of slug damage on your Erysimum then it is probably slugs causing the damage.

What if you have another plant that is succumbing to slugs? Well, down below I have some of my top tips on how to deal with slug problems.

How to deal with slugs

01.

Slugs Pellets

The classic way to kill off slugs and it does work, there are however drawbacks.

Firstly the little blue pellets aren’t safe to have around if you have pets or young children who might digest them accidentally.

Next, there is the fact that they may be harmful to slugs’ natural predators like hedgehogs who eat slugs killed by pellets, therefore, ingesting the poison themselves.

And then there is the mess they leave, lots of dead slugs on the surface of your garden with nasty trails everywhere.

02.

Nematodes

This is a natural and organic way to kill slugs. There are all kinds of nematodes, which are tiny little creatures that live in your soil, some of these nematodes kill slugs.

This is completely natural and is what happens in your soil all the time. By adding nematodes you are just increasing the number of the slug killing type.

One of the advantages of this method aside from the fact you don’t have to use poison is that part of the way the nematodes kill the slugs makes them burrow into the ground before dying, so no nasty dead slugs lying around!

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06/26/2022 05:10 am GMT
03.

Torch & Bucket

The manual method, and as is often the case with the manual method, this is very effective but time-consuming. Wait until dark and go out into the garden with a torch, some gloves and a bucket and start collecting slugs.

This is best done on a damp night after heavy rain as then the slugs will be everywhere, happy hunting!

04.

Slug Traps

You can set up traps to capture slugs and then dispose of them how you wish. There are lots of different ways to do this but one of the more popular ones is a beer trap.

With a beer trap, you set a container, usually a plastic tub of some kind, level with the surface of the soil. You want it level with the surface so slugs can easily get into it but you want the bottom to be deep, so they can’t get out.

You then fill the bottom with some beer, which slugs adore, and leave it. The slugs will make their way into the trap and either drown or be waiting there come morning for you to get rid of them.

One downside to this apart from all the slug carcases you will be getting rid of is that the beer is so potent that it can apparently attract slugs up to 200 meters away and therefore bring even more slugs into your garden than were there before!

Daniel

Daniel

Hey, I'm Daniel. Having worked as a professional gardener for years as well as keeping a private allotment I decided to create this website to help spread my knowledge. I love gardening and hope to show you just how rewarding it can be!

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