Hibiscus pest

trishmick(z7NJ)October 3, 2009

Anyone have any idea what has been completely eating away the foliage of my hardy hiscus plants the last 2 yrs. No nearby plants are affected...just these guys. Looks like someone fired away at them with birdshot, and the blooms have been scarcer as a result. Is there a good remedy?

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steve_nj(7-a)

Mine were hit also. I think it's mallow moth larvae, a small green caterpillar. A couple of treatments with malathion will work.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2009 at 10:18PM
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tracey_nj6(6)

Could've also been sawfly larvae. Check the underside of an affective leaf. I only handpick, but it was without a doubt a tedious year doing that. Although it might be too late now, keep it in mine for next year. It seems to get worse every year in my garden...

    Bookmark   October 26, 2009 at 11:02AM
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