Wireworms in nursery plants

bluewillow09(8)March 15, 2013

I bought a couple small Sungold false cypress plants at Lowes the other day. I got one planted but when I went to plant the second one, I discovered wireworms in the roots. What should I do?

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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

I would put the pot under water for at least 24 hours and drown the worms. It won't kill the plant.
Maybe the wire worms are harmless and nothing needs to be done. I've never known them to be a problem with my Chamyaecyparis.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 10:42AM
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bluewillow09(8)

Thanks, Mike. If I submerge the plants for 24 hours, will it hurt the plants?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 2:44PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

I have done it with other plants, but not False Cypress.
I doubt it will hurt them though.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 2:59PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Shake them out of the roots at planting time, along with the old potting soil.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 4:57PM
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