dracaena and jade plant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by vavrek
July 12, 2010
Greetings, an welcome guest came into my plant collection that is chewing the edges of my jade plants and dracaena. Plants are outdoors at the moment, and any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks Bernie

Answer from NGA
July 12, 2010
Since your plants are outdoors, nearly any insect can be doing the damage. I'm hesitant to suggest chemical controls because both your plants will be sensitive to the oily residue contained in most insecticides. I can only suggest you check the plants daily (and once or twice at night) to see if you can find the culprits. Some beetles and most earwigs can be trapped if you make tubes out of rolled up newspapers, dampen them and set them near the bases of your plants. Beetles and earwigs will crawl in at night and you can simply fold up the open ends and toss them in the garbage each morning. Repeat as needed until they no longer trap pests. Good luck with your plants.

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