What's eating my eggplants?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Hears The Water, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. Hears The Water

    Hears The Water Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hey all, I planted two eggplants just for fun this year and the leaves look awful. They look all lacey and tan. Anyone have eggplants like this? I know that the term "lacey " is a bit vague, so if I need to go back out to see what is up, what should I look for to aid in identifying the problem? I have never grown this before and am pretty much a novice in the garden at all. Any and all help would be appreceated.
    God bless you and yours
    Debbie
     
  2. Bill in Tn

    Bill in Tn Active Member

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    Sounds like flea beetles. Look real close and see if there are tiny black quick-moving bugs. Two week old banty chicks will clean them up for you.
     

  3. MoBarger

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    Flea beetles looooooove eggplant. You can also try water+ soap+ slightest touch of veg oil and spray the leaves. Or remay row covers. Or just plant more. I always plant eggplant as a trap plant -- flea beetles go there and never leave, so my other plants are safe from their wrath.
     
  4. suelandress

    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    But don't put the Remay on OVER the problem....you'll just give them flea buggerbeatles a nice home :) Use Remay next year when you set them out.