small to medium holes on fittonia 'juanita'

laura69June 22, 2013

I'm new here and to plants in general. In fact, this is my very first plant ever!

I went to a Home Depot with my boyfriend yesterday and he decided to gift me a plant of my choice. Of all the low light plants I chose fittonia 'juanita' : )

Anyway, I got one having holes in it thinking it was from a bug that "bites and goes away". This morning I spotted a small grey bug moving quickly along the rim of the pot. It has the body of a flea. Does anyone know what this could be?

I've only spotted one so far but I plan on making garlic-soap spray tonight just in case....

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Does it look like this?

Here is a link that might be useful: Grey Weevil

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 11:17PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hi & welcome to plants, and Gardenweb!

It's possible whatever munched the little hole was a flying critter that is no longer on the plant. You might find a tiny caterpillar, or a slug or snail in the pot. Unlikely that it would be something that would require treatment beyond removing whatever you find.

You may have seen a fungus gnat, a common pest of soil that is annoying to people but does not eat plants. You can find discussions about Fittonia plants and fungus gnats in house plant forum. Generally, these plants like high humidity and bright shade or heavily dappled light. Were you thinking about putting it outside while it's warm enough?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 12:17PM
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Hello, thank you for the help! It turned out to be a combo pest problem: mites and fungus gnats. Thankfully I got rid of all of them with a garlic/soap spray and recently repotted the plant.

Is the plant capable of regenerating from all the bug bites on its leaves?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 12:55PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Oh that's good to hear. Yes and no on the recovery. New leaves should be free of holes, but the existing holes can't be repaired. Unless the leaves turn brown, they are still functioning to help the plant grow, although sometimes they might be blocking the light from new growth under them. Whenever you don't like a leaf, or decide the plant would be better without it, it's ok to remove if you want, there's no rule about it. Whatever makes you happiest, that's the plants' job, within its' capabilities. Hope you get plenty of nice new leaves soon!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 1:11PM
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Hi Laura. Can you please share on how to make the garlic/soap spray and how to use it in case of fungus gnats. I have some on my plants and need to get rid of them with a sure method. Thanks.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 1:03AM
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