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Wireworms in nursery plants

Posted by bluewillow09 WA (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 15, 13 at 15:00

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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RE: Wireworms in nursery plants

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 18, 13 at 10:42

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


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RE: Wireworms in nursery plants

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


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RE: Wireworms in nursery plants

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 18, 13 at 14:59

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


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RE: Wireworms in nursery plants

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 20, 13 at 16:57

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


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