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HOLES IN YOUR HEUCHERAS?

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Planted out a very healthy Heuchera last week, only to find today, there were large holes in the leaves, knew it was not vine weevil, so inspected the plant nothing visible, decided to look on the back of the leaves, and this is what I found………


A very acrobatic caterpillar………a month ago I picked off another Heuchera a fat lime green caterpillar, where on earth are these blighters coming from?

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I think they are called loopers. Are they coming from trees above?

20 Apr, 2012

 

Really!! never heard of them, we do have a large silver birch not far away......

20 Apr, 2012

 

I have just been looking to see what Vicky Fox? the Heuchera Lady says, they are caterpillars but she does not name them, but to spray with a Bug gun, which is what I shall do.........there is always something out to get you isn't there?

20 Apr, 2012

 

It's a war out there Dotty! :))

20 Apr, 2012

 

Haven't found any yet, but have to admit I do have a few holes !!!

20 Apr, 2012

 

Cinders they are very good at hiding under the leaves.....Karen it sure is....I should have taken up knitting lol

20 Apr, 2012

 

Oh, I do a lot of that Dd and let me assure you...that can be very frustrating at times also! ;))

20 Apr, 2012

 

As soon as it stops raining 'stair-rods' I'll be out there checking my Heucheras!

21 Apr, 2012

 

damn things - thanks for the warning DD

21 Apr, 2012

 

Hi Dotty ...
Do you think your garden fencing was smashed by an organised team of these bugs ? ;o)

21 Apr, 2012

 

Just checked mine got two last year just bought two more love them want more,the light coloured Sweet Tea has holes but the dark one seams ok,will have my eyes on that thanks Dotty. Noticed holes last year thought it was snails do THEY like them?

21 Apr, 2012

 

This looks like a ride at thorpe park. Lol!!

21 Apr, 2012

 

Karen, will now stick to baking......TT now theres a thought!! Poppy snails and slugs do not like them apparently! GM I thought I was seeing things.......
PS. ALL,..... MORE PROBLEMS.......thought one of our Montanas looked a little on the yellow side......on closer inspection, covered in APHIDS, I have been tying this into it's support every two days, never noticed, had my glasses on today (amazing what you can see, when you wear your glasses lol) and they are all underneath the leaves....MILLIONS of them!! it is going to be one of those years!!.

21 Apr, 2012

 

this is a looper caterpillar

http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Looper-caterpillar/Geometridae%20family/sp1.html

but its in australia so maybe thats not what you have got in your garden!!

sorry to hear about the aphids DD ~ you need a plague of ladybirds!!

21 Apr, 2012

 

Where are the birds when you need them these days? I had a look at the cabbage looper but it did not mention eating Heucheras, I have given it a dose with the bug gun.....

21 Apr, 2012

 

aww isnt it madning Dotty, like you say where are all the birds, iv found 7 red lily beetles on one of my lily plants today, its leaves are full of tiny holes now.
not being able to get out i didnt stop them on time grrr,
all got my foot on them haha

21 Apr, 2012

 

At last I've found out what the words 'inch worm' mean. It turns into one of those clever small brown moths that disapear on tree bark with their protective camoflage. Shame it ate your Heuchera leaves DD. I have something that looks like Rust on one of my recently purchased Heucheras. Gone all floppy and sick looking.....might return to GC if I can find the till receipt.

22 Apr, 2012

 

Hi San good to see you, how are you feeling now? on the road to recovery I do hope so......
Dorjac thanks for letting me know, really sorry I killed it now, thought it was one of those mean critters.
Do Heucheras get rust? well obviously yes, they do, good luck with getting another.

22 Apr, 2012

 

No holes on my heuchera but one last year wilted and I found some little white grubs in the pot. I popped them into the bird feeder and friendly robin ate them :)

25 Apr, 2012

 

Gee that sound like Vine Weevil grubs....

25 Apr, 2012

 

I wondered about that, DD2, and checked out a couple of other nearby potted plants but that seemed to be the only one affected, thank goodness. I managed to take some cuttings from it too :)

25 Apr, 2012

 

Gee we have had the grubs and the weevils in some pots but not others, think it came in the compost, lucky to get some cuttings....

25 Apr, 2012

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