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Q.Something Eating Purple Waffle Plant?

Zone Modesto, ca | Anonymous added on September 28, 2021 | Answered

I have a purple waffle plant and there are small holes in some of the leaves and also leaves are getting crispy and falling off. It’s looking pretty sad. Are there bugs that like these plants. I did spray with neem oil (hope that’s ok to use), but didn’t seem to help.

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Answered on October 12, 2021

Inspect the underside of the leaves for aphids, whiteflies, caterpillars, or scale. If you don't see any, it could be night marauders like slugs. Usually you can see their telltale shiny trails on the cement or patio.
Neem oil is fine to spray for insects. You might try insecticidal soap. For slugs it helps to make their path rough going. Use Bt if you find caterpillars.


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