Coleus - what's been eating my leaves?

stillwelljill(7)May 4, 2009

I just bought and planted out a beautiful King Coleus with wonderful color and huge leaves. Today I go out and almost all the leaves on the plant have large holes eaten out of them. I looked over the plant and leaves and soil around the plant and saw nothing. Is anyone else having this problem? I hate to lose the beauty of this plant to some creature's appetite!! This is planted in a raised bed in a small fenced area so it is not deer or rabbit...........perhaps some worm or bug??? Please help.

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mcbdz(8 Louisiana)

snails and slugs

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 10:05AM
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The same thing is happening to mine. I am headed to Lowe's right now to get slug bait and that works for me.


    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 12:00PM
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newbie_in_nj(6b E/Central NJ)

Ditto on the slugs. It's a constant battle in all but one raised garden without much mulch and full sun. They've started on other plants already and pretty sure they'll hit the Coleus once I get them in the ground.

If it's not one critter it's another!

I just chased a groundhog out of the garage. I can't stand it sometimes. He left his 2 buddies home for this trip.

Slug bait, diomataceous earth...anything to kill them.

Slug bait doesn't disappear in the rain like diomataceous earth.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 1:51PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If I may; use the environmentally friendly slug and snail bait with 1% iron phosphate as the active ingredient. There are several manufacturers of this product now, but 'Sluggo' was one of the originals. (Just read the label on the front of the package for the active ingredient.)

The other snail and slug baits are highly toxic to you, your pests, birds, and other non-target organisms.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 2:41PM
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