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Daturas

Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 11:45

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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RE: Daturas

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


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RE: Daturas

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 18:47

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.


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RE: Daturas

Do you have a cat ?


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RE: Daturas

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 20, 14 at 8:36

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!
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RE: Daturas

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 :(


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RE: Daturas

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 20, 14 at 9:58

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.


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RE: Daturas

That looks a bit like earwig damage. Evil things.


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RE: Daturas

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.


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RE: Daturas

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.


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RE: Daturas

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 5, 14 at 18:37

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


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