Plumeria forum: Any ideas

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 8, 2017 3:52 PM CST
A "friend" on FB sent me this photo of damage on a plumeria. Any idea what could have caused this. He could find no evidence of any sort of pest, such as slugs/snails.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 8, 2017 3:58 PM CST
From what I can see it looks like 'something' has been chewing on it, bigtime! I hope you can figure it out. Have him go outside in the dark, where it is growing. Check it with a flashlight. That's how I'm finding the bad things munching away in my greenhouse.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 8, 2017 4:47 PM CST
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 8, 2017 4:50 PM CST
I have found mice, slugs, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, sow bugs and more. It's sure a constant battle. Do your greenhouses get these guys, Ken?
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 8, 2017 4:55 PM CST
Not really. I use snail bait regularly in the greenhouses. I have trapped a few mice over the years, but nothing has shown up in the last two years when it comes to those rodents. I have some ants, those little bitty "sugar ants", but I just sprinkle a bit of Orthene and that gets rid of them.

I don't know that I have ever identified any pest whatsoever that will munch on the trunks of my plumeria. I figured that latex-type sap was not tasty to anything.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 8, 2017 5:05 PM CST
You're right. That sap should stop any chewing bug! I can't imagine what else it could be. One time we had horrible hail and my plant stems looked like that, but if it was hail, he'd know it.

I do trap the mice, and will have to put out stuff for the slugs and ants. Do you get spiders? I keep finding black widows in my greenhouse, and have no idea how they find it and get in.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 8, 2017 8:13 PM CST
No spiders. I do always seem to have a lizard in each greenhouse. I think these help keep the pest population under control.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 8, 2017 8:56 PM CST
I've seen an occasional lizard in mine, and I love having them around, but don't see them often. I see spiders often. I don't mind the ones making webs in out of the way places. I leave those, but don't like the ones that roam around. I seem to meet up with them too often.
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Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Apr 9, 2017 9:08 AM CST
That is so weird. I have never seen anything like that. My guess would be some sort of beetles or something. Whatever it was, they did a very good job of eating down just barely through the bark so that sap didn't come gushing out. Smart bugs.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 9, 2017 9:51 AM CST
It is weird, and I wish the mystery could be solved.
We once had a Palo Verde Tree that looked similar only they were holes all the way into the core of the tree. Hundreds of holes, and every inch of the trunk was covered.We found out later it was a pine bark beetle family doing all of it. They killed the tree.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 11, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Hi Ken, have given you my thoughts about it on another thread..it still looks like cold damage to me.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 11, 2017 10:24 AM CST
T, I've had a lot of cold damage to my plumerias over the years, and it was never anything like that. They mostly just turned dead on the tips.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 11, 2017 11:09 AM CST
I did respond to that post about possible cold damage, Tarev. I still don't have a clue what caused this odd damaged stem.
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Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Apr 18, 2017 6:32 PM CST
My plumies had acne. Figure it's a phase.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 18, 2017 7:45 PM CST
I hope so, Lisa.
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