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#1 babettebeau

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 08:44 PM

Hello everyone
Some black dotty things killed my dandelions in the section where I was growing them. These black dots are on the base of the dandelions and when I took some on my fingertips they are full of blood, gross!
What is this alien thing????

Thanks
Sabina

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 01:53 AM

Hello everyone
Some black dotty things killed my dandelions in the section where I was growing them. These black dots are on the base of the dandelions and when I took some on my fingertips they are full of blood, gross!
What is this alien thing????

Thanks
Sabina

Sorry I can't help with this one, hopefully Graham or Sue will see this they'll know.  :)



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Posted 30 September 2018 - 08:13 AM

Hi, Sabina; what you’re describing is a species of aphid, they’ve had a successful year because of the warm weather. I don’t know if they’re toxic to tortoises, but I don’t think I’d take the chance. Cut the dandelions right back to the roots, they will grow again, and the coming winter weather should see the aphids off. With tortoises slowing down in readiness to hibernate now, it’s unlikely they’d eat them anyway, but if yours are still munching, I’d give them shop-bought lamb’s lettuce instead.
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Posted 30 September 2018 - 01:12 PM

Thanks a lot Graham I will do that. The other weed types have not been attacked, so there is still plenty of safe food stock.

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Posted 01 October 2018 - 07:06 PM

I agree with Graham. I’d give them Florette crispy, which includes lambs lettuce too. This hot summer has meant that a lot of plants have suffered. I’m finding that late dandelions and plantain are very brittle, not like the usual October weeds :(




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