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28/06/2012 at 16:40

Hi all,

I planted a comos last week which I brought from the local garden centre. One of the flowers opened during the week and I noticed today that something has put a hole through the petal and something has also eaten half of another bud. Looking on the internet it seems that comos are generally 'pest free'. So whats eating mine??

Many thanks! 

28/06/2012 at 16:45

Possibly earwigs if it is just flowers-is the damage like this?

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=494

 

    28/06/2012 at 17:01

I agree with stongeoff that it could be earwigs, Have a look at our information on controlling earwigs. Yet more pests that are making this summer a difficult time for gardeners!

Emma

gardenersworld.com team

28/06/2012 at 17:06

The snails in my garden seem to have added Cosmos to their list of edibles.  Much collecting and crunching taking place here

28/06/2012 at 17:29

Thanks for your responses. Here is a picture of my problem - could be earwigs. I shall give the organic approach a go and see what happens. The snails also seem to be having a munch on the bottom leaves, despite my pellets. 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/9356.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/9357.jpg?width=280&height=350&mode=max

 

 

28/06/2012 at 18:16

Snap! A very similar appearance to some of my dahlia buds, so earwigs get my vote as well. BTW Snails & slugs do love cosmos too, sorry. J.

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