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What's eating 'May Night'?

Posted by lmarks z6 NY (My Page) on
Mon, May 14, 07 at 12:01

It's my first time growing Salvia. I just planted 3 'May Night' from a pretty reputable source (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) and they have suddenly developed all sorts of tiny holes in their leaves. Any idea what sort of pest this is, and what I can do to eradicate it? (Organically if possible.) Thanks!

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RE: What's eating 'May Night'?

Maybe Gilbert Grape? :D I am probably a bad person for this, but I can't tell without a picture.

RE: What's eating 'May Night'?

Sounds like it might be slug damage.

RE: What's eating 'May Night'?

Get some sluggo or bug-getta. The slugs and snails will eat it to the ground and eventually kill it.

RE: What's eating 'May Night'?

  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, May 15, 07 at 9:30

I not only get slug damage on some of my plants, but I also have problems with earwigs. They turn the leaves into lacey curtains. I recently put out cat food cans filled part way with vegetable oil, and I've captured hundreds. :)

For the slugs, I put beer in the cans, and bury them ground level.


RE: What's eating 'May Night'?

Lacey curtains is a pretty good description of these salvia leaves. Maybe I will try both measures - slug defense and earwig defense. I wouldn't know an earwig if I saw one but I have certainly seen slugs in my garden before. Thanks to all for the advice!

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