Daylilies forum: Do white snails actually damage daylily plants

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Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
May 18, 2015 8:36 PM CST
We've been invaded by small white snails this year. They're everywhere, even on the leaves of the daylily plants.

That being said, I don't see any actual damage to the plants.

Interestingly enough, one article on snail control suggested planting a few plants in your garden that repel snails, including, daylily plants. Go figure.

What damage, if any, do these tiny little mollusks do?
John
Name: Maryl
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Maryl
May 20, 2015 1:35 PM CST
I'd have to see a picture of what you are calling white snails, but we have some very small white snails around here and I once heard that they don't do any harm and may actually eat slug eggs and small slugs. That's always a good thing. I've never seen any of the "white snails" on the foliage (unlike slugs), just underneath pots and such...........Maryl
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 20, 2015 7:42 PM CST
Is it the white garden snail?
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/white_garden_snail....
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
May 20, 2015 8:56 PM CST
[quote="Seedfork"]Is it the white garden snail?
]http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/white_garden_snail....

I believe so, yes.
John
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
May 21, 2015 5:37 AM CST
Here are a couple of photos. Note how tiny the snails are, compared to a leave in the one photo and a spent scape in the other.


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John
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
May 21, 2015 5:57 AM CST
Well after reading that they can defoliate trees, I would be very concerned about them being on the daylilies. The article states that they like to climb vertical objects (daylilies) for "aestivation" a sort of dormancy. I would think they would be like any other snail or slug and chop down on the daylily leaves when they are hungry.
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
May 21, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Seedfork said:Well after reading that they can defoliate trees, I would be very concerned about them being on the daylilies. The article states that they like to climb vertical objects (daylilies) for "aestivation" a sort of dormancy. I would think they would be like any other snail or slug and chop down on the daylily leaves when they are hungry.


So far, I have seen no evidence of foliage damage.
John
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
May 21, 2015 10:19 AM CST
Keep a close watch on them and let us all know what you see, it will be interesting to see just what they do.
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
May 21, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Seedfork said:Keep a close watch on them and let us all know what you see, it will be interesting to see just what they do.



Interestingly enough, this is the first time we've seen snails in the garden, and we've been at the location for more than a dozen years.


John
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
Jun 2, 2015 1:33 PM CST
Update on snails.

They're still around. In fact, they're climbing up the walls of the house. I haven't discovered any damage to any plants, and they sure as heck aren't eating the siding of the house. That being the case, we're just ignoring them for the moment.
John

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