I have two Cherry Blossom trees. They are being invaded by... Well that's where I need help. I don't know what in boogers they are. They are small, about the length of a pencil eraser. They are black with two yellowish looking spots one behind the other down the center of it's back. It's head points or maybe it's a thin horn. They are eating random holes in the leaves. They seem to stay underneath or on the bottom side of the stems. I'm not sure how to fight back. Anyone know what they are and what to do to help my trees?
Hi, Revellady, and welcome to the new gardening forum. Why not go to the New Member Forum and introduce yourself so everyone can get to know a little about you. We have several old members on here who migrated over from NHGC Forum when they made the big change-over so everyone is reintroducing him or herself. It would also help if you would put your state and zone in your signature which can be done from My Menu at the top right. Just go to My Profile and you will see where to do your signature.
We don't grow cherry blossom trees down here so can't give much advice other than taking a leaf to your extension office. We have aphids that invade our crepe myrtles and they attach themselves to the underside of the leaves. Hope you find out what pest you have and what to do about it.
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Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8 I asked God for a flower, and He gave me a garden. I asked Him for a tree, and He gave me a forest.
Speaking of bugs, I found my first Japanese beetle of the season. We've only had them in central MO for the last 2 or 3 years. They finally made it this far, much to my disgust. I'd better go check my sweet cherry tree as that was their favorite a couple years ago. Last year there weren't many.
We here in SE IL have had them for many years but I've been looking and have not found any at all. With our brutal, wicked winter and the ground freezing so much more deeply than hardly ever I think they were killed off in the ground...that is where they stay all winter and emerge from the ground. I heard an Ask the Expert guy from a huge nursery in Evansville, IN say many years ago they show up here the middle of June thru the first week of July for the most part.
Several years go, when we had lots of ice that stayed on top of the snow for many weeks at a time, and the snow was 22" deep, we had so few J Beetles...I think the ice suffocates the larvae in the ground...same thing this year...we had so much ice and so many bouts of it that I think it suffocated them if freezing them to death did not work. I used 150# of ice melter and the freeze depth was so much deeper according to those who work at digging with backhoes and the like. I told husband we'll take a few years for them to re-populate as the adults breed and lay eggs in the ground and die...then the larvae come forth in mid-June and repeat the cycle...so if we don't have any this year it will be a few years until we get plagued again with a big crop. We could use a break from them for certain. ------------------------------ Go here for a good non-toxic recipe we've used very successfully for years on Japanese beetles and many garden pests, wasps and the like...look for my post in this thread...info from Jerry Baker, famous gardener:
Go up to the Edibles category here on this site and scroll down a ways to Squash bugs-Help! There are many good comments for you to get 'em under control. ----------------------------
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties. Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
I had a beautiful cherry blossom tree and my neighbor had a cherry tree that put out the berries. Every year they were attacked by some bug, don't know what it was, and we had to spray with Liquid 7. That was the only thing that stop the bug. I had picked a bowl of her cherries one day to make a pie, and almost every berry had a worm in it. I got tired of spraying and took mine down, she eventually took hers down too.