Asked on May 30, 2015

Something is eating my perennial hibiscus plants, leaving the leaves.

Sandra Marrs
by Sandra Marrs
They are leaving leaves looking like lace with very little of the leaf left.
  7 answers
  • Robin Greulich Robin Greulich on May 30, 2015
    Add a few drops of dish washing liquid to a quart of water & spray the leaves top & underside too. Sprinkle coffee grounds around the perimeter of the plant also.
    • Sandra Marrs Sandra Marrs on May 30, 2015
      @Robin Greulich Thanks Robin, I will try that tomorrow morning. Do you know what the bug is that is eating my hibiscus. I am in Seneca, South Carolina
  • Robin Greulich Robin Greulich on May 30, 2015
    It could be slugs or aphids. Soapy water is for aphids & coffee grounds for slugs. The coffee grounds also act as fertilizer.
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on May 31, 2015
    mmmmmmmm... aphids have sucking mouth parts - I don't believe they eat leaves. Fortunately, dilute soapy water works for a lot of things. Rinse your plant off after treating for a few minutes. Slugs have a distinctive pattern of damage, and it isn't the 'lacey leaf" you describe. I would recommend inspecting the plant closely, and taking a leaf and anything else you find to a local nursery for I.D.. Then, use ashes (fireplace, etc) as a barrier (tho if a flying pest, this will not help much).
  • Keith Widgington Keith Widgington on Jun 02, 2015
    You should try and examine the leaves closely especially the underside, use a magnifying glass if you have too. The soapy water may do the trick add a bit of oil to the mix and spray in early morning before the sun gets too strong. Due to the fact that the leaves are being eaten you may have the beginnings of a caterpillar invasion. Spray the soapy liquid in the ground around the plant as well..good luck.
  • Rab663545 Rab663545 on Jun 02, 2015
    they are japanes beetles
  • Lois Testerman Lois Testerman on Jun 05, 2015
    rabbitsunlimited you are correct. I live in Eastern NC and the Japanese Beetles are eating the leaves of our Hibiscus making the lace like pattern. My Hubby sprayed it with insect killer. They are gone now.
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    • Rab663545 Rab663545 on Jun 10, 2016
      Go to Home Depot or Walmart and go to the gardening isle , read the labels ,it should say for Japanese beetle , that the one you want
  • Mar7212291 Mar7212291 on Jun 09, 2016
    What is eating my hibiscus leaves