Snails on my Jasmine Plant

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  1. Yo_Jo

    Yo_Jo Active Member

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    We bought this potted Jasmine plant from Safeway 3 years ago and while rooting through the soil today my wife found tiny snails. We are really confused because this plant never leaves the windowsill - where did these snails come from and are they bad for plants?

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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Have you changed the potting soil or added any soil? Snails usually arrive as eggs in the soil.
     
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    I asked the wife and she said no she was just fluffing up the soil and she was thinking about adding some more soil when she saw the snails. I guess they have been hibernating in the soil for a few years.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @Yo_Jo, snails take 2 to 4 weeks to hatch after being laid. And yes they are bad for plants, they will munch away on the leaves unil it is bare.
    As long as you remove them and dispose in whatever way you are comfortable about doing, all will be fine.
    A regular check over the next month is essential to ensure all traces have been removed.
    As the plant is inside, you should not have anymore problems.
     
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    Thanks. I will keep an eye out for more snails but they do look kinda cute to keep as pets.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @Yo_Jo, a cute puppy sounds better !!!!!! Lol.
    I'm sure that no more snails will return, as long as you were thorough.
     
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    Love this! I have never heard a more diplomatic way of saying, "Off with their heads!" But, of course, there are other ways to dispose of varmints. The preferred method of a friend of mine is to toss them into the neighbour's garden. :-(
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @Margot. LOL. Hope your friends neighbours don't read this Margot !!!!
    A new breed of flying snails in the area, now that's an excuse that could be used if your neighbours get caught !!!!
     
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    I actually felt really bad and I gently placed them on the side of the house where the morning glory and weeds are rampantly growing. I thought they might feed themselves and take care of my weeding problem at the same time.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @Yo_Jo, very nature friendly thing to do. I hope they don't repay you with eating any prized plants in your garden!!!
     

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