Ask a Question forum: Something ate my dill plant’s roots

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Los Angeles, CA
Oct 21, 2017 10:21 PM CST
I planted two happy, healthy dill plants in large pots. Within a few days I noticed yellow stalks on both plants. I looked all over the plants to see if caterpillars had hatched and started eating the dill. I saw none but very soon the plants looked wilted. I know they had enough water. Today I knew it was time for last rites. When I dug them up (used my hands) their roots were almost gone! I dug around to make sure they were not in the pots. I did see little orange ball shaped things and something reddish-brown that didn’t appear to have legs. His body seemed hard shelled. I soaked the nearly rootless plants in hopes I’ll be able to see something in the dirt and water tomorrow. I was growing the dill for the butterflies so whatever I do to protect the next batch can’t harm butterflies or their caterpillars. Any insight?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Oct 23, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Sounds like eggs of some kind. My best guess is ! Most likely ants. Id take a few and put in closed jar. To find out.
Mean while, soak and wash roots in pail of water. Wash pots and use steral soil.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Oct 24, 2017 11:47 AM CST
At my house, when the plants lose their roots... There's generally a tunnel, where the rodent came through.

Alternatively, might be a case of too much watering.... Never the case at my house, but I've seen gardens drowned in the drought...

Orange critter....
Got a pic?

Those are generally aphids at my house, and not that problematic... The lady bugs usually show up in short order.

Orange balls in the soil?
Possibly slow release fertilizer?
[Last edited by stone - Oct 24, 2017 11:49 AM (+)]
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