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mini snails on my cotoneaster

Post  stagz on Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:29 am

so i just recently purchased a nice little cotoneaster. when i got it home and started to do a little clean up work on it i noticed a couple miniature snail looking creatures in the canopy. needless to say i removed those suckers with a fierceness and checked for their friends. i think i got them all. anyone run into such creatures?

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Re: mini snails on my cotoneaster

Post  JimLewis on Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:14 pm

Sure. You did the right thing. But there may be snail eggs in the soil or on the plant itself, so keep an eye out for a while.

Nurseries are havens for these kinds of critters. You should always scour a newly acquired plant for critters of various kinds.

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Post  stagz on Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:31 am

oh trust me i looked at this thing the best i could, even with a flashlight due to the fact of it being after sun down. then the next day at home when i cleaned it up i noticed them

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Post  Jishwa on Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:07 pm

Just a few days ago I noticed that my cottoneaster had aphids on it, little green ones. They were on all of the new growth. Sprayed it with a mixture of neem, soap, oil & water. Seemed to kill them but left my plant with a handful of brown leaves. Pain in the butt.

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:06 pm

Jishwa wrote:Just a few days ago I noticed that my cottoneaster had aphids on it, little green ones. They were on all of the new growth. Sprayed it with a mixture of neem, soap, oil & water. Seemed to kill them but left my plant with a handful of brown leaves. Pain in the butt.

You need to know what your are spraying -- and mixing pesticides is NEVER a good idea. The soap spray would have been perfectly adequate for aphids.

Neem is oil-based, I think (I don't use the stuff), so the oil you added made it even oilier. If the tree was in the sun, you probably deep fried your leaves.

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Post  drgonzo on Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:56 am

Jishwa wrote:Just a few days ago I noticed that my cottoneaster had aphids on it, little green ones. They were on all of the new growth. Sprayed it with a mixture of neem, soap, oil & water. Seemed to kill them but left my plant with a handful of brown leaves. Pain in the butt.

Neem oil is counter indicated for members of the rose family. Cotoneaster is a member of that family (Rosaceae)

-Jay

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Post  Jishwa on Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:32 pm

yeah wish I had read that prior to spraying...now a week later the neem really did a number on it. lots of burned leaves and the plant looks super unhealthy. I have used the oil/soap/water before and it worked great. I thought the added neem would help keep future bugs off..it was a total fail. I have tried to wash the plant off and flush the soil. we will see how it does.

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Re: mini snails on my cotoneaster

Post  marcus watts on Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:01 am

fully defoliate the cotoneaster and it will make a complete new set of leaves inside 6 weeks. i'm guessing it is a little tree...........submerge it in a bucket of water next time to sort out attacks that are visibly damaging trees - you will do less damage in 5 hours under water than coating it in a concoction that kills off all the leaves.

little snails......if they are the tiny 2-3mm coiled ones just leave them be - I have colonies of such creatures living in my best trees for decades - so what, even if they had a feast they couldn't eat a leaf. There are so many beneficial creatures that can live in our trees and pots - helping with pest control, breaking down organic fertilizers etc. only contol visibly damaging problems.

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