The Q&A Archives: marigold infestation

Question: something is eating all the leaves of my drawf marigolds. Not just little bites, but the whole leaf. I don't see mites or aphids on them. What do I do? The flower parts themselves are untouched.

Answer: Beetles and slugs/snails enjoy the foliage of marigolds. If you don't see beetles, you might check at night or very early in the morning for snails. They usually leave a shiny slime trail across the flowers (they won't eat the flowers as a rule) but they do love the leaves. Bet you'll find some! If so, iron based controls such as Sluggo will work.

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