Has anyone grown those hot peppers before?
What sort of pests would be eating the daylights out of the leaves? I
planted a couple and have babied them through the spring temps only to
have something chew up those pretty leaves!
Any ideas? Will the plants survive being eaten like that?
As I grow older and mix up pyerthrum and rotenone in the crevices of my
mind, I find considerable benefit to just looking. But carefully, and
over longer periods of time than I could manage as an impatient
youngster. If you watch carefully (or let a cheap videocamera do it),
you may catch the leaf-eater in action.
Major leaf-eating is usually caterpillars around here - may be
leaf-cutting ants in other places. At least, that is, until you move up
to deer (rats with hooves) or rabbits. Telling the difference involves
looking at the way the leaf is eaten, for tracks, for frass (caterpillar
manure) and for webs. Or a line of ants carrying leaf parts.
Look under the leaves, along the stems, look for/in rolled-up leaves.
Caterpillars can, surprisingly, be somewhat hard to spot as they can
match color very well (though some don't, in positively
Alice-in-Wonderland ways.) Any "spiderwebs" on the plant were probably
spun by and may be hiding a caterpillar.
Also look for egg masses under the leaves, but an egg mass isn't eating
Cats, coffee, chocolate...vices to live by
Please don't feed the trolls. Killfile and ignore them so they will go away.
All the advice is good, but you haven't told us if there are slugs or
snails in your garden. If you have them, Steve's suggestion that you try
a ferric phosphate (iron phosphate) bait is a good one. It is harmless
to just about everything except gastropods (slugs or snails). Do you
have white flies? You may try spraying your plants with water,
especially underneath. To cover all bases, take a flashlight and go look
at your plants at night.
"The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow."
I've been looking and haven't found any at all. When I planted these
peppers in this container there were ants in it, but they were like those
tiny black ones. I don't know if they chomp on pepper leaves or not.
Since I put diatomaceous earth all around the plant and some on the leaves I
haven't seen any further destruction of the leaves, but they were pretty
chewed up by then.
I'll have to get some of that slug bait. Thanks for the idea.
I haven't seen any.
I've looked when it's getting dark, but not actually after it is dark. The
weather here has been cold and rainy for a while so I haven't wanted to get
myself out there to look after dark. But it's a good idea.
using Sluggo. It's an organic (iron phosphate)treatment that works wonders on
slugs and snails.
I put some D.E. *diatomaceous earth* all around them... it looks like
the chewing has stopped, but the leaves look pitiful even though it's
not dead. Do you think it will recover and put on new leaves? Are they
I checked the habaneros this evening and they are still alive. I guess
they are waiting for more warm weather to start growing! My peas are
doing well, though, and a few tomato plants have baby tomatoes on the
vines. So far so good.
My garden has had Scotch Bonnets and Red Savinas for the last 12
years plus Ghost Peppers for the last four years. Unfortunately
the management of my house requires a few vegetables - otherwise
I would only grow Habaneros.
I don't many pests because my plants because I spray every with the
pesticide you will find at:
I wonder how that's fares with stink bugs. They attack the fruit. The thing
is, I had no problem with scotch bonnets. I had problem with ghost peppers.
I have not planted red Savinas lately. The stink bugs will attack the sweet
peppers, tomatoes, etc. I'm planting scotch bonnets !
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