my poor coleus plants look like they have lace leaves from bugs eating them. i plant them in my shade garden every year but i've never seen anything like this! they are all but destroyed. i have sprayed them with soapy water and also put bug-b-gon all in the garden. i also used seven. any ideas for treating would be great.....by the way, i haven't seen a thing on any of the plants!
Lynn....I sure wish I could help you out, but I guess i have never had any problem with anything eating coleus.....I hope someone else can give some input. Charlene
Could it be snails? Try a saucer full of beer under the plants & see if any snails fall in.
Sorry about your Coleus leaves Lynn. Do you have a picture you could share? My Coleus leaves got torn & damaged badly from the recent storms. I moved them to an even more sheltered area & they are slowly reviving.
Perhaps you could move or re-pot your Coleus temorarily? Hope your Coleus rebound.
Lynn....I couldn't seem to find any info on pests that like coleus....here is the info on diseses that they can get....any of these symptoms sound like what your coleus are going through?
One disease that can affect coleus is downy mildew. This mildew appears on the leaves making the plant look dirty because it is brown in color. The organism is called Peronospora sp. and can also result in curled and twisted leaves. Sometimes symptoms are not found on leaves which make the disease harder to control. Another disease is impatiens necrotic spot virus which causes brown or yellow spots on leaves, rings, black or brown stem discoloration, and brown leaf veins, ultimately resulting in plant death. The disease is spread by an insect called a thrips that carries the virus from an infected plant to an uninfected plant.
Lynn, something has been eating on mine also. I think my problem is slugs, ive found some tracks where they have traveled
If you don't see anything munching during the day, take a flashlight and go out at night and take a look under the leaves as well.
A good hunch it will be slugs as mentioned.
You can get pet friendly organic killers, copper wire or tape barrier. Crushed egg shells or diatomaceous earth will work at ripping up their tender undersides.
I second the Food Grade DE (not for a pool), should be able to find it at a farm supply store, they sell it for chickens, to dust them to kill mites and as an additive to livestock feed to keep the worms out of them..
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