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Worms inside sunflower leaf

Hello, I noticed a dark spot at the edge of one of my sunflower leafs and it appeared that the outer skin was raised like a blister. I decided to open it and I found a tiny worm/larvae inside. As I ...
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What can you use in your soil to kill bugs before planting vegetables?

How to get rid of bugs or insect in the soil of your vegetable gardening
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What is attacking my lemon queen sunflowers?

My Lemon Queen Sunflowers were doing good, but some insects and/or disease has attacked them. Little white bugs on the leaves and some strange matter that doesn't look good. Any suggestions? I live ...
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Pest Identification in SF

First time growing in SF and I have a multitude of different plant varieties in a garden bed. My peas are all growing fine as is my broccoli, but something keeps eating the leaves of my arugula and ...
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what would eat seedlings indoors ?. Snipping the stems and eating the tops [closed]

Quick background. We have a sunroom separate from the rest of the house that we covert to a growroom for seedlings in march. In the last week something has been going after our pepper plants. These ...
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Fungus gnats Trap made at Home

We have a fungus gnat infestation at home, due to overwatering one of the plants. I wanted to make a trap so first tried leaving a bowl of red wine vinegar outside. Unfortunately it didn't catch ...
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What kind of pest leaves long, hard, stuck-to-the-tiles droppings like these?

I have a 3*6 meter construction in my backyard, something like this. No clue what the English name for such constructions is. The sides are fully closed aluminum panelling, and I keep the glass ...
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Does my dracaena marginata have spider mites?

I'm trying to determine if my dracaena marginata has spider mites. A little history about the plant: I got it about 5 months ago and it seemed to be an outdoor plant with the previous owner. Since ...
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A caterpillar is plaguing my garden and I don't know what to do

Location is India. My grandmother takes care of 50+ plants in the garden and is recently facing a problem. Some kind of caterpillar is eating the leaves, 'sewing' them like the above image and ...
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What kind of snails are these and how do I get rid of them

I have a lot of very tiny snails in my large vegetable garden, and throughout the year they do a lot of damage to my vegetables. So far, products such as Bug-Getta do not seem to work (at least that ...
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Fungus gnats or thrips?

I have installed blue traps for indoor plants, and I suspect they catched fungus gnats. However, I've read that fungus gnats are more attracted to yellow traps rather than blue ones. Blue traps are ...
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Are they snails in the mulch?

Are they snails? They are in mulch of my mulberry tree. I read they are dangerous to plants. What should I do? https://youtube.com/shorts/NlB4EqgUm_o
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Diagnose illness in dying watermelon vines

It seemed to me that I had a nice health crop of water melon plants growing. Then I noticed the leafs developing brown spots and start to get brittle dry out, with some brown spots eventually turning ...
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Please help identify and eradicate this lawn pest

These creatures are living in my lawn. They seem to appear only during the summer, for the last three years. I think they’re killing the grass, perhaps by chewing on the roots. Or, at least, the grass ...
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Easter Lily Cactus With Orange Spots? [duplicate]

I've had this easter lily cactus for about 5-6 years and it's doing good and even produced baby cactuses that I propagated but its got these orange spots on one side of it and not the other and it's ...
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What is this cluster of tiny tan eggs on my citrus tree leaf?

I have a young orange tree in my yard in southern California. It had a rough winter (lost every leaf) but it's coming back now. Today I found this cluster of eggs on one of the leaves: The eggs are ...
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Potatos, black colour on leaves normal?

These are pink fir apple taters in tubs. Some of the new leaves have got dark grey patches near the stem - only near the stem like in the photo, and are a bit curled. Hoping it's not blackleg. The ...
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Need help with insects on bottle gourd leaves

Some of my bottle gourd leaves have thousands of tiny white spots like shown in the pic, and there are tiny brown insects crawling on them. The leaves look like they have sand along the veins. What ...
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What are these yellowish flecks?

I have something on many of my plants. It started on the purple passion plant and I thought it was pollen coming from the flowers, but I also see it now on some other plants. When I google yellow ...
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What is eating my garden?

I’ve got a couple plants in my garden that have been decimated by… Something. I’m hoping someone can help me identify what that something might be.In doing a very limited amount of research, I ...
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Koleria stem is hardening from bottom eventually killing whole plant

I am very upset for so long time. Some of my kohlerias die before even had the chance to buildup buds. Very stall in growth. Some doing well, still stalling in growth though. Starts from direct below ...
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Can anyone identify what’s happening to these leaves? Insects? Rabbits? Chemicals?

Trying to decide what is going wrong here. These are pepper plants. Recently added perlite and oyster shells to improve water drainage and raise PH. Could that result in this problem? Might it be ...
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How to get rid of cutworms?

Is there a non-poison way to get rid of cutworms that will work with sweet corn? I'm OK with poison if there is no other way. But I prefer to use non-poison methods when they will work. Last summer I ...
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Diy treatment for spider mites on Alocasia (Elephant Ears)?

Assuming it's spider mites, is there a DIY treatment that I can use to eliminate, or control, the spider webs on my Alocasia plant? I cleaned each leaf a few days ago, and it's already coming back. I ...
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What is causing tiny new growth to die?

I have a young Jalapeno and its new growth is dead looking. It has tiny leaves and its flowers are dead and brown. I looked using a jewelry loupe and could not see any pests.
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How do you treats ants in a raised Hügulkultur bed?

I have a raised bed that's 2 feet tall, by 12 feet long, by 3 feet wide. This bed is totally infested ants and it took only one week! The bed was constructed with hugulkulture principles, the bottom ...
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Help me identify this bug pest on my roses

I am noticing some black beetle looking pests on my roses and im trying to find out how to prevent them from destroying my rose plants as they are swarming them and destroying their petals and stems.. ...
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What animal is this digging holes in my yard?

What animal is this digging holes on my property and should be be concerned about the walkway and the nearby garden walls?
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What is eating my vine?

I’m trying to figure out what is getting at my indoor vine plant. I’ve never seen bites like these before, but found them after a week away on holiday. What do they look like to you? I have a couple ...
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What is wrong with this apple sapling?

I have an Opal apple sapling that I've been growing since she was a seed: only for the joy of watching a plant grow; not with any intent that she become fruit-bearing. She's spent her whole life in ...
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Is there a wasp nest in this tree?

We have a small tree in the border of our back garden. I noticed today that there is a constant sparse crowd of wasps around the base of the tree, if you stop and look then there's easily a dozen in ...
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How can I kill moths that have infested my vermicomoposting worm food?

Pardon this being a bit of a stretch for gardening, it's the closest StackExhange I could think of. I keep worms for vermicomposting and in addition to food scraps and browns I supplement their diet ...
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Why didn't this ash tree's leaves grow in completely?

This ash tree grew healthy leaves for the past two years. This year the outer leaves didn't fill in. What could be the problem? I don't see D-shaped holes from ash borer in the bark. We did scuff up ...
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Is it bad for my house to keep a decomposing log in my garden?

I have a large fresh log from a tree my neighbors cut down earlier this year in my yard. I got it to serve as a bench and grow mushrooms on, with the hope that it would eventually start decomposing ...
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Pepper plant leaves turn brown with white spots

I live in the pacific north west, I have some pepper plants that got infected with a weird disease that I can pin point. White spots that are in clusters sometimes and the leaves just turn yellow and ...
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Why do my grapes burst open before ripening?

I have a grapevine on the southwest. It was put in by the previous owners so I don’t know the specific variety. I have not yet managed to harvest from this plant; we moved in a bit over a year ago and ...
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Pest identification on Fuyu Persimmon tree

My persimmon tree has been struggling for 2 seasons in the CA Bay Area. The leaves have been turning brown at the tips, eventually turning black and falling off. I’ve tried some copper fungicide ...
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What is the problem for this 6yo maple and does it need intervention?

Six years ago a 1"-DBH maple (believed to be a Norway maple cultivar) was planted at an institution to commemorate an event. This is in zone 5 in central NY, which has been experiencing moderate ...
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What killed my clematis?

I have a couple of clematis which I had been neglecting for a few years; they haven't had any support so were trailing on the ground. This year, as they came up and the stems had grown out to a foot ...
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White bumps on carambola (starfruit) stems - pest or infection?

I have a small carambola that is growing indoors in a pot. I've noticed recently that it has tiny white bumps distributed unevenly on the upper stems. What are they: an insect infestation? A fungal ...
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What is plaguing my pepper plant?

For the last few months, my pepper plant has been continuously suffering from some kind of disease or parasite. I've been hoping it'd recover on its own, but instead, its been progressively getting ...
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Walnut Tree Danglies?

I have a medium-sized black walnut tree in my yard in north-east Ohio. Recently I noticed these strange things dangling from the bottom of the lower branches. Picture below. Any ideas as to what they ...
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Song of india spots and burnt signs on leaves help please

I stay in kolkata right now the temperature is 30 and humidity level is 31. Its been 1 week i bought my plant from the nursery and i repotted it yesterday and i see some spots and burnt on my plant ...
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Indoor chilis infected by strange problem

I am having problems with something affecting, infecting my Carolina reaper plants. I can see curled leaves, white blotches. With a microscope i see tiny “suckers.” Any ideas?
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Treat thrip on houseplants

I diagnosed these little guys as thrips as you could see them and the typical silvery trails in the leaves where the immature thrip live. They had spread to the ivy and philodendron plants inside the ...
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Need help diagnosing pepper pests

I am trying to figure out what is eating holes in the leaves of my plants ( habinero and sweet pepper ). Primarily the holes are in the centre of leaves, with some on the edge of one leaf. and the ...
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Browning leaves and shiny substance on Ficus Bonsai

I got this ficus bonsai about a month ago from Walmart. When I first took it out of the decorative pot I noticed about 5 little orange worms at the bottom and I immediately let it sit outside for a ...
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Gage tree leaves turned brown

I have an Oullins Golden Gage tree which is 3 years old. This year, many of the leaves have turned brown with some holes in them. I live in South West England, UK and this happened in early spring - ...
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Yellow substance on Dracaena Compacta Planter. Should I be concerned?

This is a post from Bangalore(India) (Temp: 20-30°C; Humidity: 75%) I recently noticed some yellow stuff on the planter(terracotta) of my Dracaena Compacta. Along with this with the plant also seems ...
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What are these white spots on the leaves of my fig tree?

I have a fig tree in my flat and some white spots have appeared and get more and more numerous and spread more and more over the leaves. It is not removable when rubbing with a tissue. I can't find ...
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