What's eating Marigolds but not bothering any other plants in the pot?

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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jun 21, 2017
    Hey Robin, what's eating your marigolds?

  • John Loiselle John Loiselle on Jun 21, 2017
    Strange, usually other way around,I want to know also as I have never ever seen anything eat a marigold,smell your hands after heading them .Even ground hogs only go near them to try and move on.

  • 13526476 13526476 on Jun 21, 2017
    Slugs eat large mature marigold leaves and will completely devour young plants. You don't usually see slugs feeding on your marigolds because they are nocturnal, but you may see the slime trails ( shiny lines) they leave behind. Wait until after dark and, with a flashlight, pick off the slugs and drop them into soapy water. If you can't do that, give them a deep lid-full of beer and let them drown in it. Gross, I know, but it's a non-toxic treatment!

  • Jkh25245273 Jkh25245273 on Jun 21, 2017
    Put a shallow bowl in flower bed in several locations. Fill bowl with beer. The beer will attract slugs that are most likely eating your plants. It has always worked for me. The signs of slugs in flower will show trails of slime on ground like mucous.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jun 21, 2017
    Aphids ... many different types of aphids, AND fungi ..... I found a weblink that I am posting for you here so you can read up on what they are and how to fight them. Good Luck Robin! and thank you for using Hometalk for help :)

  • Lora Willey Lora Willey on Jun 21, 2017
    My aunt had a rabbit in her yard that ate her marigolds.

  • Robin Corzilius Robin Corzilius on Jun 21, 2017
    I didn't think about slugs. I was like John can't believe anything would eat them they are the one plant that is suppose to keep pest away! I will have my daughter try the beer after the rain (finally getting some). Thanks everyone.

  • Pamela Rascoe Brown Pamela Rascoe Brown on Jun 21, 2017
    slugs love marigolds

  • Robin Corzilius Robin Corzilius on Jun 24, 2017
    No slugs in the beer. They look a bit better after powdering with Sevin, they are going to spray around area with Tempo, Hope they come out of it. Thanks everyone.