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SavvyDaze
Lady's Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2012
8:31 PM

Post #9355199

What in the world is making little cut marks in my Dracaena leaves? It is only happening in the center where new leaves emerge.

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purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2012
7:00 AM

Post #9356278

That's bizarre. I've never seen munch marks in a pattern like that. Have you looked down into the crown/tip to look for a critter? Probably. Did this happen inside or out? Good looking plant otherwise...
SavvyDaze
Lady's Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2012
7:14 AM

Post #9356287

It was outdoors until a month or so ago & it didn't have those marks before I brought it inside. Even before I brought it inside, I treated it with Horticulture Oil - in fact all my plants were treated with it before being brought inside (including the soil). I did look inside the crown and didn't see any type of insect, but even so, I dripped a little Safer insect killer inside it just to be safe LOL I have 2 new leaves that came up, but they are only like 2 inches long and they don't have munch marks yet. I guess I will keep an eye on them and see if it happens to them, too, then go from there.

I haven't seen any kinds of marks like this before, either. Whatever critter did this, and I assume it was a critter, is pretty talented LOL
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9356490

From the way the marks are in a similar place and similar shape on multiple leaves, it looks to me like some damage that was done before the leaves emerged--maybe there was something in there that took a little chunk out, or it was just a growth defect of some sort. Then as the leaves emerged, it ends up looking like something's been chewing on a bunch of them. I'd just keep an eye out and see if you notice more of it, and if you don't then it's probably nothing to worry about.
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 12, 2012
9:10 PM

Post #9356957

I also think it is mechanical damage when the leaves were in the bud or just starting to open. Perhaps a squirrel or something took a nip, then decided it was not to his taste.
SavvyDaze
Lady's Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

December 13, 2012
6:10 AM

Post #9357083

I will definitely keep it eye on it for sure! I noticed another 2 leaves popping up, that makes 4 new ones, and no damage on them.

Thanks for replying, everyone! :)

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