The Q&A Archives: Something is eating the edges of my gardenia bush

Question: Something is eating the edges of my gardenia bush, taking 1/4-inch half-moon bites down the sides of the leaves. What might it be? How do I get rid of it? Tammy Hadaway Columbus, MS

Answer: The insect eating your gardenia is probably some type of beetle or weevil. Try inspecting your plants regularly and hand-picking the insects you see. Many insects are nocturnal, so include an evening inspection in your routine. Keeping the plant as healthy as possible will help it fight off the insects. Often, if you can catch and destroy insects early in the growing season before they lay eggs, you can prevent a large infestation.

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