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Hibiscus pest

Posted by trishmick z7NJ (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 3, 09 at 19:32

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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RE: Hibiscus pest

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

RE: Hibiscus pest

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...

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