Daturas

marricgardensFebruary 19, 2014

My daturas are developing large tears/holes in the larger leaves. I know there is an aphid problem but that's nearly under control. Besides, I don't think aphids are causing this. The tears only appear on the larger leaves, the smaller ones are just fine. Any idea what might be causing this? Marg

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shillanorth Z4 AB

Aphids are sucking insects. Something is munching!!!! :íì(

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 4:28PM
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marricgardens

I have not seen any pest except for the aphids. Maybe its something that comes out at night? Maybe I'll have to do night patrols, LOL.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 6:47PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Do you have a cat ?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 9:53PM
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marricgardens

No cat, just Rosie. I did post this on the houseplants forum and they thought it might be slugs or snails. I know I'm not the most particular housekeeper but my house isn't that dirty!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 8:36AM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

What a friendly looking dog.

Our cat chewed holes like that in one of my plants, but, I guess that's not what happened to yours.

What I'd do is take it out of it's pot and slowly remove the soil to see if you can find somebody living in there :(

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:17AM
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marricgardens

I was contemplating that as a last resort. No, I'm not that lazy but I do have 40 daturas. I did water with insecticidal soap as well as pretreating the soil before I planted.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:58AM
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donaldvancouver(cool wet z8)

That looks a bit like earwig damage. Evil things.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 9:58PM
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ianna(Z5b)

Daturas are very poisonous so if cats did that, they will certainly start showing symptoms.

I see some 'buckling' or lumps on those leaves and I'm thinking this is fungus causing injury to that part of the leaf... Maybe that's the problem.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 11:35AM
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runswithscissors(MT 4/5)

Do you have a slug hiding in the pot? Usually slug or snail holes are oval or roundish and they leave the slime trail behind. Definitely not aphid damage...at least not the actual holes. They almost look like some sort of caterpillar or grasshopper damage.

Do you think datura stinks? I found them unpleasant, plus they re-seed like crazy. I found out that If you accidentally rub your eye after pruning them, your pupils dilate as if the eye-doctor just put drops in your eyes. It's weird.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 5:42PM
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marricgardens

I have never seen any pests except for the aphids. I did treat them with a fungicide that I had handy. Will see if that helps. I found that the double purple had an unpleasant odor but the yellow one was nice. Mine were in pots so I can't tell if they reseed outside here. Daturas are in the nightshade family, all parts of the plant are poisonous. Marg

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 6:37PM
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