Something is eating my hydrangea leaves! Help!

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Something is eating my hydrangea leaves! Help!

Post by sewscrappy17 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:19 pm

I have a small oak leaf hydrangea and its new leaves are beginning to open up and grow but i discovered something is eating the leaves!  Just gnawing them from the outer edges inward, some leaves are only stems left, others are half eaten.  Any ideas?  What should I do!  This is horrible.

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Post by Shhhhh on Tue May 12, 2015 2:14 pm

It sounds like you have a caterpillar. I noticed my columbines were totally de-leafed by a little tiny caterpillar. A mild soap spray may work, but it may take a pesticide. It is amazing how fast they can eat. Check for tent caterpillars, too. I cut the branch off and burn those.

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Post by sewscrappy17 on Tue May 12, 2015 2:27 pm

Hmmm.  I will go look.  Seems really early for those silly caterpillars, assume the same ones that defoliate all the new mollis azalea growth.  This oak leaf hydrangea I have is a baby, only a foot tall. Whatever it was is gone now, all the subsequent leaves are fine.
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