What's eating my Elephant Ears?

Agostig(Zone 5b Ontario)June 25, 2004

I'm growing elephant ears here in southern ontario and I keep finding holes in them, but I never find any bugs actually on them, aside from these tiny shiny flies sometimes.

I have cucumber beetles eating some other plants growing beside them, but I don't think they'd go for the elephant ears, would they?

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metro(z6/SW IL)

Slugs? They get mine sometimes, especially if I forget to renew my slug bait.


    Bookmark   July 2, 2004 at 10:24AM
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Do you have those horrible black and red grasshoppers up there? They can practically eat a plant a night. The best way to get rid of them is with a hammer.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2004 at 2:33AM
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lynn_d(Z5 PA)

This morning I found Japanese beetles feasting on my pot that I have beside the pool, they ended up doing the backstroke!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2004 at 11:00AM
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bihai(zone 9)

Alabama Jan we have those here aren't they the worst?
I have had an entire stand of Mickey Mouse eaten by DEER. I never knew they would eat elephant ears of any kind. They have left everything else alone, why they chose Mickey I haven't a clue

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 8:16AM
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jeff_w(z8 VA)

Doesn't everything eat elephant ears? They look good for a month or two, then get all chewed up from my experience.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2004 at 5:49PM
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lynn_d(Z5 PA)

My EEs do well all summer, but had a new experience happen with the black taro that is in a pot right beside it. The BT was failing, no matter what I did it would not thrive, tho the ones in the garden pond and in the ground 15 feet away were doing well. I finally decided to just pull the poor dead plants from the pot and let the rest of the plants take over. To my surprise the roots were totally gone! I have wave petunias, allysum and another foliage plant in that planter and they are all fine, only the taro was struggling.

Someone had mentioned earwigs eating roots, think it was Paul James on one of his shows. I have seen a lot of earwigs in the crevices of that plant, do you think they are the culprit? Why only that plant?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2004 at 12:37PM
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