Something Is Eating the Leaves of my Plumeria

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Something Is Eating the Leaves of my Plumeria

Sometime when we look at the foliage of our plants we automatically think it is under attack from a large creature (usually a small insect) taking advantage of our poor defenseless plants.

While I was examining my Plumeria foliage, I found it interesting how it was being battered by a mild breeze and wondered if this would cause some damage to the foliage.  Sure enough the following morning I saw some of the foliage on my Plumeria plant showed jagged edges and a black scar along the edge of the damaged area.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think to move the plant away from a Dragon Fruit plant that had many thorns protruding from its branches.  The mild breeze had caused the foliage to brush against it and rip into the leaves.

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Several customers have come in to show us mechanical damaged plant leaves similar to this.  Remember that the Plumerias foliage has a white sap that “bleeds” when injured.  The injury point turns black as the sap dries.   This looks bad but will not harm the foliage or plant.  More cosmetic than dangerous, I just removed the damaged leave.

More to come on this series of Plumeria care.

Steve Goto

By | 2016-01-19T14:07:05+00:00 January 19th, 2016|California Friendly Garden Solutions, Gardening|0 Comments

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