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Bell Vine: Detect and fight diseases and pests

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The bell vine is one of the robust plants. Among the widespread pests, it is primarily snails and spider mites that make the bell vine difficult.

Bell vines are not only afflicted by beneficial insects, but also by pests. There are plants that can not harm them so quickly. This includes the bell vine without exception. It is very robust and is therefore often and especially liked to be planted. It is one of the most popular climbing plants because it produces a real bloom.

And even though it is so resistant, snails can infest the plant within a very short time and eat it completely empty. Rapid intervention is required here. During the winter months, it is the spider mites that can affect the plant. Here too, quick action is important to protect the plant.

Infested by snails

Bell vines are quite high on the menu of snails. Fortunately, the substance structure of the plants, which are usually cultivated for one year, is enormous. They reach heights of 400 centimeters and more in just one growing season. The feeding damage caused by one or even a few snails is negligible. Simply collect the snails from the bell vine and remove the unwanted guests from your property.

However, if the number of crawling garden residents increases, you need to take more decisive measures. You can achieve a very good defense success by installing snail fences, which are ready to use in gardening stores or here. You probably already have another natural repellent in the house: ordinary coffee grounds have a poisonous effect on a snail's organism. You can even use coffee grounds. Running ducks also do a very good job, but not everyone has the opportunity to switch them in their garden. Runners love to eat snails.

Infested with spider mites

The widespread spider mites unfortunately do not stop at the vines. Check the undersides of the leaves regularly, because this is where the green, orange or brown-colored pests prefer to stay. The spider mites, which are a maximum of one millimeter long, feed on plant sap. First, the leaves that have been sucked out take on a parchment-like dry and slightly shiny appearance, then they quickly turn yellow.

Try to get rid of the pests with ordinary water. However, this takes a lot of time and effort for a fully grown bell vine, because you should catch every leaf and section of the stem. The best way to achieve full surface moistening is with a spray bottle. Since the bell vine is ideally located in a sunny location, the water can evaporate quickly. These short periods of wetness are unbearable for the spider mites if you repeat the procedure conscientiously every day.

➜ Use beneficial organisms for control

Using beneficial insects for pest control outside of closed rooms is usually not sensible. The animals spread too quickly in the garden to achieve a noteworthy effect. If your bell vine is still relatively small, you can easily surround it with a thin-meshed net. Lacewings, ladybugs and parasitic wasps, which you hold in place with the help of a net, are very well suited for controlling spider mites, but also aphids.

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