Wondering What’s Causing Your Plant Damage?
Sometimes weird plant damage happens in our gardens. And when that happens photos of plant damage can help. That’s because what caused your plant damage may not be immediately obvious.
We might be suspicious of a disease. Or, it could be a pest insect or a rodent. But odds are you aren’t going through an invasion of locusts. In fact, often the problem is actually not caused by a creature at all.
Could the Problem be Mechanical Plant Damage?
If your plants look anything like the Aeonium above, it could be a mechanical plant damage issue. And no, that’s not a pox on your plant. Moreover, the culprit probably isn’t an insect, deer, bunny or ground-dwelling rodent. But when issues like these come up for plants like the Aeonium above or the fritillary flowers below, your plant may be in for a rough looking season.
Or Was Your Plant Hammered by Hail?
Many insects can cause damage that shows up looking similar to some of this hail destruction. But there are some tell-tale signs to look for. If your plant just went through a hail storm in the last few hours or days, the issue will show up pretty quick. And that tells you hail was probably the culprit.
Photos of Plant Damage from Hail…
Plus, hail damage tends to appear all over the surface of the plant. And it often looks like peck marks. That’s because of the hammering hail throws down. Unfortunately, hail can also tear leaves so they look shredded. And if the hail is really heavy or big, it can end up crushing an entire plant. Many plants will survive, but they just won’t look very good.
Pest Lookalike Plant Damage from Hail…
Now, a bunny might tear your plant leaves. But they don’t shred everything and leave it behind the way that hail does. And deer will also do tearing damage, but they eat what they tear. But hail will tear and leave the shredded plant behind.
Chewing insects also take something away as they eat. But there are some pests that mimic hail plant damage as they eat. For instance, notice the leaf image below.
This looks a bit like stippling. And that’s a kind of damage left behind by insects that suck the juices out of plant leaves to damage them. Aphids are a good example of an insect that harms plants this way. Plus when they do this damage they can also end up inserting disease into the plant as they suck. (And that really sucks for you and your garden!)
But, think about it before you assume there’s a pest insect damaging your plants. If your plants were looking great just before that hail storm that passed through. And then after the storm they look stippled, well odds are the problem isn’t an insect. It’s just that darn hail!
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