Far too much Dynamic lifter, once a month is more than enough, to much nitrogen is no good.Sorry mate, don't know about the critters but they don't look too good, maybe more than just wind-burn. Maybe a call to the Dept. of Agriculture, I've found them quite helpful. Have you been keeping the water up to them? They're thirsty little buggers. Also I feed mine liquid Dynamic Lifter once a week. I reckon, think, guess that if the bines are kept healthy they are better equipped to survive.
If ti is what I think it is, fore finger and thumb or try some caterpillar dust, remember insecticides don' discriminate what they kill.@wide eyed and legless Thanks again. I really can't find any. I'm going to have a third search shortly.
Do you have any recommendations for a pesticide? Since these are first year plants and clearly no harvest is going to be possible I'm not concerned about human consumption. Just want the plants to survive and establish themselves at this point.
I doubt that you will get any failure, they are pretty hardy plants, a healthy plant looks after itself, main thing is keep the water up to them and the occasional Seasol on the plant when the sun isn't out and water the ground around the plant not the plant itself.@wide eyed and legless
I've got some Caterpillar & slug pellets around so I'm going to throw them around near the pots for future protection in case any new caterpillars decide to visit.
I'll go around playing god later tonight and then I'm thinking I'll apply some https://www.bunnings.com.au/yates-40g-natures-way-caterpillar-killer-dipel-insecticide_p2961898 to the leaves according to the instructions.
I don't really like insecticides (grew up near orchards) but in this case I'd rather be safe than sorry. Need these to survive the year for the next.
Do hops plants re-grow the following year if they suffer catastrophic damage to the leaves / vine resulting in vine death?
Paint them white, I use old 200ltr oil drums (they're free) topped, tailed, and cut in half, natural black they get hot, and dry out a couple of inches on their North/West side, painted white (any old ceiling white, off white wall paint, whatever) makes a huge difference, doesn't look pretty but works.Certainly has happened to a few rhizomes I've seen (including a few of mine).
Reasonable suggestion, although I don't think the primary tenant at my house would consent (seeing as they faced the road).Paint them white, I use old 200ltr oil drums (they're free) topped, tailed, and cut in half, natural black they get hot, and dry out a couple of inches on their North/West side, painted white (any old ceiling white, off white wall paint, whatever) makes a huge difference, doesn't look pretty but works.