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Bobbs
something is eating the leaves on my gardenia bush! I can't see any pests - what should I do?

my gardenia plant has been unloved for the past 3+ years and I have been trying to prune it slowly back into shape & health. All was going well with some encouraging flowers & an improved shaped but now most of the new growth and some of the old leaves are being eaten back to the leaf stems! I do not see any pests on or under the leaves nor around the bush. As part of the recent garden care I weeded & put down newspaper & sugar cane to mulch the whole bed of plants.

Submitted: 06:45AM, 26 Feb 2010
Answer: Hi Bobbs,
Sounds as though your gardenia leaves are being chomped by caterpillars. You will not readily notice these insects because they feed at night and camouflage well at other times. Yates Success Naturalyte,bacteria derived, is registered for the control of caterpillars. The active ingredient, Spinosad, moves through the leaf surface via “translaminar movement” and immediately stops the insects from feeding but it takes up to 3 days for the caterpillars to die. Success is rainfast after 6 hours and needs to be reapplied after 7 days.
Answered: 02:00PM, 01 Mar 2010

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