The Q&A Archives: Eaten Hollyhock Leaves

Question: I have a serious problem with some strange insect (?) eating my hollyhock leaves. They all have some holes in them. Can you tell me what is causing this and what I can do to solve the problem? The plant is a new one purchased from a reputed nursery close by.

Answer: Hollyhocks are subject to any number of foliar problems, including diseases and insect attacks. For this reason they are often grown to the back of the border where the leaves will not be subject to such close-up inspection. It is possible that early Japanese beetles or some moth larvae are at work. If it is just too unsightly, you could try a neem-based repellent such as the Japanese Beetle Repellent offered by Burpee.(800-888-1447), applied and reapplied according to the label instructions.

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