What disease has my rocket(and pak choi) got? And how do I treat it?

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 24,688
    Hello liz.harvey1 and welcome to the forum. Have you noticed any tiny creatures that hop off your plants when disturbed? The damage looks as though it could have been caused by flea beetles which are partial to members of the brassica family. There is a lot of information here:


    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • liz.harvey1liz.harvey1 Posts: 3
    Thanks. I think you are correct. Will horticultural fleece now help or will this now just trap the flea beetles inside the net? 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 24,688
    I think that it might be a little late now for those, unfortunately, but there is plenty of time to sow more seeds of rocket and pak choi and get crops just a little later in the year and you can protect them.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • ForTheBeesForTheBees Posts: 165
    edited 20 July
    Without too much care I was trying to grow some rocket. It was looking a bit pest attacked but manageably so. However I just checked it today to find looking rather worse for wear and covered it lots of weevils running about frantically.


  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,150
    At least it is still edible - quick rinse under the tap ( if you want to be fussy ) and that would make a nice addition to a salad :)
  • arneilarneil Posts: 214
    Yuck ! thats a big vine weevil in the bottom right hand corner !
  • ForTheBeesForTheBees Posts: 165
    I don't believe they're vine weevils. They have big chunky faces whereas these are a species with an elongated rostrum (the fancy term for their snouts, I had to google it!)
  • ForTheBeesForTheBees Posts: 165
    edited 21 July
    I've decided they're definitely not vine weevils on the account that vine weevils are said to be non-flyers, and my weevils definitely can. Cabbage Stem Weevil (Ceutorhynchus pallidactylus) is my current best guess.
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