What’s eating my lavatera - and green bean plant - help!!!!
Hi - my lavatera has been stripped by something - and now I’ve noticed the same look on my green beans. I can’t see any bugs or caterpillars or anything that could be responsible. Any ideas? A pic of each attached (hopefully!)
Scariff, County Clare, Ireland
I would suspect slugs or snails on the lavatera. You might find the culprits if you go out after dark to have a look.
However, I think what's happening on your runner beans is that you've had a spike of flowers which haven't been pollinated, or haven't set "fruit" (ie beans) properly. The spent flowers have fallen, leaving that spike. Sometimes this is weather related - if the weather is dry you can spray the flowers with water in the evening to encourage the set; if it's too wet or windy, there may be a lack of pollinating insects...
"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life." Rabindranath Tagore
Thanks very much Liriodendron! I checked the lavateras (for there are two similarly afflicted) with a torch last night and no action taking place although did see slime this morning and nearby overgrown roxan geranium could be providing shelter. V helpful advice too regarding the beans. Many thanks for your time and expertise.