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peony rosebuds

Something has chewed massive big holes in my peony rosebuds. This is the first year this Japanese peony has tried to flower (been in for ca. 8 years without flowering) so I am very angry about whatever bug it is. Anybody know what is the problem and how to stop it?

I sprayed the plant with bug killer when I discovered 3 of the buds were damaged but since then another two have been infected.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868

    Is this a peony or a rose Heddy?

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    I think it might well be earwigs. One trick is to fill a smallflowerpot with straw or crumpled paper, and place the pot upside down on a stick near the affected plants. The earwigs crawl into the shade provided by the flowerpot, and then can be disposed of.

  • Heddy52Heddy52 Posts: 4

    Well when I bought it, it said it was a Japanese peony. It differs only slightly from conventional peopnies in that it leas and buds earlier than the others. The buds are not so much round as heartshaped.

    I must say I haven't noticed any earwigs around but I will try the paper and pot idea.

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