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is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes to protect.


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is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to keep
them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes to
protect.

Not sure of the answer to your question, but......whilst copper will deter
slugs at first, once it oxidises it doesn't work very well.
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is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to
keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes to
protect.

Not sure of the answer to your question, but......whilst copper will deter
slugs at first, once it oxidises it doesn't work very well.


I would be concerned about the effect on the water uptake of the plant, they
use copper wire or similar to make damp proof courses using the osmotic
effect.
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is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes to protect.


Don't put it round the stem. Make a ring of wire on the ground around
the plant. It works for me.
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is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes to protect.

Don't put it round the stem. Make a ring of wire on the ground around
the plant. It works for me.


My neighbour uses stripped electrical wire around her hostas.


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Fuschia wrote:
is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to
keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes to
protect.

Don't put it round the stem. Make a ring of wire on the ground around
the plant. It works for me.


My neighbour uses stripped electrical wire around her hostas.


That's what we use, but it has to be newly stripped off as once it forms a
coating the effect is lost.

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is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to
keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes to
protect.

Not sure of the answer to your question, but......whilst copper will deter
slugs at first, once it oxidises it doesn't work very well.


I would be concerned about the effect on the water uptake of the plant,
they use copper wire or similar to make damp proof courses using the
osmotic effect.
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Will copper around the stem arrest its growth ?


I'm off:, Bill


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is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to
keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes
to protect.

Not sure of the answer to your question, but......whilst copper will
deter slugs at first, once it oxidises it doesn't work very well.


I would be concerned about the effect on the water uptake of the plant,
they use copper wire or similar to make damp proof courses using the
osmotic effect.
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Regards. Bob Hobden.
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Will copper around the stem arrest its growth ?


I'm off:, Bill


Ahh, you must be 'old bill'?
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On Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:57:26 PM UTC, wrote:

is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes to protect.
NT


Thanks everyone. a ring on the ground probably won't work. I'll probably use a slip of wet & dry sandpaper and a rubber band.


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is it ok to put a little piece of copper wire round a plant's stem to
keep them off? Or would it kill the plant? I've got some fruit bushes
to protect.

Not sure of the answer to your question, but......whilst copper will
deter slugs at first, once it oxidises it doesn't work very well.

I would be concerned about the effect on the water uptake of the plant,
they use copper wire or similar to make damp proof courses using the
osmotic effect.
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Will copper around the stem arrest its growth ?


I'm off:, Bill


Ahh, you must be 'old bill'?
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Right on both counts :-)

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On Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:22:34 +0000, Pam Moore
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I later read that the
bands of tape need to be close enough together so that the slug/snail
touches the second while still in contact with the first. This is what
gives them the shock and makes them recoil.


Good idea in theory. It would work better with two different metals.
It would be interesting to try one copper band of tape and one
aluminium band of tape.

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On 2013-02-19 14:07:52 +0000, Stephen Wolstenholme said:

On Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:22:34 +0000, Pam Moore
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I later read that the
bands of tape need to be close enough together so that the slug/snail
touches the second while still in contact with the first. This is what
gives them the shock and makes them recoil.


Good idea in theory. It would work better with two different metals.
It would be interesting to try one copper band of tape and one
aluminium band of tape.

Steve


I've also heard of people putting a thickish band of Vaseline around a
pot. No idea if it works, as I haven't tried it!
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