Holes in Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, CA
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Question by FF3_MEH
August 7, 1998
I have hydrangeas and peace lillies in my home. Recently, holes have begun appearing in the leaves of both these plants. I water the hydrangea every day and the peace lilly once every 2 or three days. The holes range in size from the size of a pencil eraser to the size of a nickel. My hydrangeas outside do not have this problem. What could be causing the holes in the leaves?

Answer from NGA
August 7, 1998
It is unusual to find holes in the leaves of plants that are living indoors, but it's not impossible that the same kind of critter that damages outdoor plants has entered your home and is feeding on your plants. Snails, slugs, earwigs and caterpillars can chew holes in leaves and then hide under pots or between the leaves and remain undetected, even during a thorough examination of the plant. Carefully inspect all the nooks and cranies in and around your plants - you're sure to find the culprit.

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