Thursday, March 12, 2009

Snail attack!

Cyrtochilum serratum - Photo by Richard LindbergCyrtochilum serratum grows in western Ecuador in mountain cloud forests at high altitudes. It is cool to cold growing and has a very long, spectacular spike.

I got this plant as a rootless and leafless backbulb about three years ago and it has been progressing really well until a day or two ago. When I saw the root damage I knew right away that it was a snail or a slug!

I would never put snail bait inside the pot under normal conditions, but once there is damage there is a good chance the snail or slug is hiding inside. I put the bait in yesterday and this morning the snail was dead. I have now spread it around the greenhouse as I should have been doing every couple of months.

So the "to do" list for today includes more snail bait all over and to buy some ant stakes.

Update on the Eria spicata. The plant looked great but when I unpotted there was a mass of dead roots. Good thing I checked.

Update on the Zygopetalum intermedium. The plant looked ok but when I unpotted there was a very good root system. I changed the medium to rocks and up potted.


  1. I've found that soaking small bark filled pots for 10minutes gets rid of the little stinkers without having to use pellets. I always do this with new plants and around the beginning of each month just prior to fertilising. Be aware that I live in a different climate (Coffs Harbour NSW AU)and my collection is much smaller. Last year, a water dragon took up residence under the house and ever since, snails and slugs are no longer a problem - even in the veggie patch. Last Sunday I bought a dendrobrium at the market and my rather large dragon friend made a snack out of the slugs that floated to the top of the water.

  2. Thanks for the feedback. Having a dragon in the greenhouse sounds fun. I have some small frogs, but they are inclined to watch me closely to see that I don't do too much to their orchids.