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Perennials: "Heuchera eaten 2012; usual suspects don't seem culprits"

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VioletV
Baltimore, MD

February 3, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9407261

please see this post in Mid-Atlantic forum, 2/2/13.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

February 3, 2013
3:37 PM

Post #9407319

Violet

what time of year is this occuring? Is this happening now? Do you have pictures?
VioletV
Baltimore, MD

February 4, 2013
5:08 PM

Post #9408614

Carolyn22,

Thanks for your response. The damage occurred July-Sept., 2012 and previously July-Sept., 2011. I'd like to prevent it from happening again in the 2013 growing season, if possible. We have had drought conditions the past two years, which may be significant...bugs, beetles?

No, I don't have pictures but am learning to appreciate their value in cases like this.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

February 4, 2013
6:04 PM

Post #9408660

Violet

Not sure what is causing the damage, but it sounds like caterpillars or the like to me. Heuchera don't have a lot of problems with predators. When I was doing a search, the black vine weevil kept coming up and although they make little half moon shaped cuts in the leaves, their primary source of damage is to the root systems.

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