Something is Killing My Elephant Ears

scubakathy84November 10, 2012

I recently discovered my elephant ears are covered in something, possibly bugs, that seem to be harming it. I'm new to gardening and not sure what these are.

Can someone help me identify what's on my elephant ears and recommend how to get rid of it. Photo provided in link below.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/PJUwHwpYKOvGFTj2ygBV-NMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

with that pic.. the best i can do is suggest aphids ..

and the population of such can be controlled.. simply by spraying them off with water ...

ken

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 11:58AM
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scubakathy84

I will try to post a better picture taken in the daylight on Sunday. Was in a rush to take this picture before I left for the weekend, only had the porch light to work with.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 1:31PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

As soon as you have a frost, the leaves will be gone until spring. Next year look more often. If you see bugs, wipe or knock them off as Ken suggested.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 2:38PM
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gvozdika(8 OR)

It seems they have wings.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 10:45PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

one other thought...

this plant will have MANY leaves.. sprouting from the bottom ...

if this is the first leaf ...

get rid of it.. clean up the rest.. and hope the second leaf will not get attacked ...

BTW.. why is it starting growth this time of year???? .. in the US ... seems wildly out of phase ... or in the alternative.. why am i presuming it is just coming out of dormancy ...

ken

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 8:33AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

That's a good question, Ken. I had assumed this plant was outside, but maybe not.

I would be careful about removing the leaf though, at least the petiole (if that's still the correct term on this plant.) The new leaf forms inside the previous leaf's petiole.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 9:09AM
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