Something's eating my Potato Vines!

T Vaughn
by T Vaughn
These are the two planters next to the stairs to my front door. Something has ate holes all in the lime green potato vine I've got planted. I was wondering what you all would suggest I should have sprayed on it to keep this from happening?
At one time I had more Impatiens planted in them both but they didn't do so well for me this year. Maybe next year, because I do love how colorful they can be.
In this photo, you can really see the holes something ate in the vine.
  15 answers
  • Luis Luis on Aug 23, 2013
    T Vaughn, it is probably slug holes damage, if this is the case leave a shallow dish of beer out in the part of your garden where you are having a slug problem. The next morning, you will awake to a dish filled with dead slugs.
  • T Vaughn T Vaughn on Aug 23, 2013
    Thank you Luis, It probably is slugs because I was having a lot of problems with them damaging my hostas and had to buy something to sprinkle on the soil. We have a lot of woods all around our house so it will be a constant battle with them I'm afraid.
  • Luis Luis on Aug 23, 2013
    You are welcome jus get them drunk and they will go away LOL
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 23, 2013
    T Vaughn, for your hostas, you might try diatomaceous earth. You'll have to have reapply after it rains, but it's otherwise very effective.
  • T Vaughn T Vaughn on Aug 23, 2013
    Thanks Douglas, I'll have to try that also, and it's probably cheaper than the slug stuff I bought.
  • Vicki Ridgeway Vicki Ridgeway on Aug 23, 2013
    Epsom salt is also helpful sprinkled around the base of the hosta. Slugs melt from salt
  • Beth King Beth King on Aug 25, 2013
    Will Epsom Salts have an impact on the ph balance in the soil? I would like to try using it but need to know if I should add anything else to keep a good balance.
  • Lauren Lauren on Aug 25, 2013
    I found a little green caterpillar on my potato vine yesterday. I think it's a cabbage loper?
  • Judith O Judith O on Aug 25, 2013
    DON'T SPRAY, bugs gotta eat too!
  • Dianne Staples Dianne Staples on Aug 25, 2013
    Could be beetles. I have trouble with them this year. A different beetle then I have ever seen before. Sevin dust can help.
  • GeeJudy GeeJudy on Aug 26, 2013
    my potato vine has suffered just like this--holes all over the place
    • T Vaughn T Vaughn on Aug 28, 2013
      @GeeJudy It's frustrating to plant something and then have it get it ate by something so bad it's not as pretty as it could be isn't it.
  • LouAnn Edel LouAnn Edel on Aug 27, 2013
    Thanks for the brain, @T. Vaughn I never thought about slugs being the culprit responsible for the holes in my hosta leaves.
    • T Vaughn T Vaughn on Aug 28, 2013
      @LouAnn Edel LOL, yeah I had no idea what was eating mine at first and then saw something online about slugs liking hostas and it suggested a few things and it also said you could go out in the evening/night and get them off the leaves yourself. Well one evening there I was flash light in hand taking slugs off my hostas, and boy did I find a lot!
  • LouAnn Edel LouAnn Edel on Aug 27, 2013
    @Dianne Staples Your beetles could be Japanese Beetles. My strawberries and grape leaves are being attacked by them this year. Never seen them before. The sevin dust was recommended also planting 4 o'clocks in another area of the yard. They love the flowers but they are poison to them.
  • Debbie Sigle Debbie Sigle on Aug 30, 2013
    It's a potato worm, I had two of them on my vine and in one night they ate the whole plant!!!!! KILL KILL KILL
  • Debbie Sigle Debbie Sigle on Aug 30, 2013
    look very carefully in the plant and you will see them, they r the same color as the lime green leaf