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every leaf on the vine has been eaten. they get very lacy looking and then drop off.
the vine is still green but has no leaves. What bug is eating them and how do I stop it?
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1st December 2009 9:32pm
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Julie says...
I don't know what is eating them, but have you been out at night with a torch? Sometimes you will see bugs that aren't there during the day.
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au0rey says...
Lynn, it is truly mysterious...I am here in Melbourne and my young passionfruit leaves are being eaten too...at night! I went out at night but could not see any bug on the leaves...

I dug up the vine yesterday and potted it and put a tree shield around it...and this morning more leaves are eaten...this mystery is driving me crazy...that i think i should be the one eating up all the remaining leaves and not leave anything more for the mysterious cuplrit...

The vine does not look like it is going to make it with the rate of being eaten up...

Maybe next step is to bring it into the garage at night.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Watch out for earwigs, they are partial to new growth and flowers. They can do a lot of damage overnight. They shelter in crevices during the day. A good way to check is to leave some crumpled newspaper inside an empty pot at the base of the plant and check every couple of days - they will crawl in there to hide, and you can simply unravel the newspaper over a bucket of hot water
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au0rey says...
Gosh that's a giant! Thanks Phil@Tyalgum! I do have earwigs and I just got a shock from them yesterday...found loads in my trashbin while emptying the trash bag! But when I venture out at night I do not see them on the vine...dug around the mulch but could not see them hiding there...

But they are the most possible candidates for the ruin of my passionfruit vine.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Yes they often go unnoticed until the damage is done.
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au0rey says...
I read that black vine weevil feeds on leaves too and since I am seeing them in my garden, they could be the culprits which chewed on my passionfruit leaves...and leaving behind notches around the edges of the leaves.

http://www.ecogrow.com.au/Pests/Beetles/BlackVineWeevil.asp?thisUse=100&thisLocate=100&thisCategory=2&thisPest=3
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
ok yes the shape of the damage sounds more like the vine weevils - good detective work!
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Jannette says...
I planted a passionfruit vine last year and it was completely eaten by earwigs within two days. Planted the new one, and sprinkled tomato dust on all new leaves until the vine was big enough to survive, and also once our infestation of earwigs was controlled. Organic solution for earwigs: Jars at the base of trees and shrubs, half filled with water, and a dash of tuna oil (found in the fishing aisle of department stores). Earwigs are attracted to the smell, fall in and drown in droves! Only empty jars when getting too full, as the smell of rotting earwigs seems to attract more of them.
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Rob says...
Ive been puzzled at what is eating the leaves of my assorted passionfruit vines,and others have said earwigs,but the way they are chewed are in bigger amounts at a time, just like the way a christmas beetles/stickinsects would eat at new growth....couldnt find nothing during the day....But at night i thought i would check ,took 3 goes at it,and I found the Villians..SLUGS,SNAILS,LITTLE SLUGS,they where hooking in big time!!All this rain must have made them boom in numbers,problem is i have dogs i want to bait,but cant, i tried beer trap but nothing this morning,and the Damn dogs drank what they could reach out of the jar...Any other ideas anyone??
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au0rey says...
Rob, wish i could help...i have mysterious chewers too but it has gotten better since and my passionfruit vine can finally take off...my dog drinks up every liquid trap i did...
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Wayne says...
Perhaps a chilli spray might work, I have used one made up with hot-hot chilli powder from an Asian shop but never tried it on slugs
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Mish says...
Hi Jannette

Best thing to kill slugs and snails - coffee grounds. Caffeine is toxic to them. And you get some pleasure in drinking the brew, and it also makes an excellent soil improver. The caffeine is absorbed by the slug/snail when they crawl over it, so sprinkle liberally around the base of your vine. You could also spray coffee over the plant, repeat often.

If you don't have a machine or plunger just ask your friends/family or local coffee shop to save some.

It worked a treat for my salad greens.
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Charles cant spell says...
HAve people tried the Iron Chellate snail pellets. I think they are basically non toxic to most things. THey are great on slugs/snail/slaters/pillbugs. Unlike the green poisonous ones these red pellts breakdown to add iron to your soil. Basically a element you need in there anyway.
Those with pets might want to read ythe label more carefully.
You can also try what I used to do with the toxic pellets. Cut a slot in a milk bottle or similar, throw in a few pelllets and place it down beside the plants (slot facing away) so you dont fill it with water when you irrigate.
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9th February 2010 2:34pm
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Rob says...
Hi, everyone, just on dark and up till know i have been checking my vines, and man i got slug issues,ive been outside with salt hitn them individually,im gunna have to take control of this by tommorow night otherwise they are gunna suffer with the damage,and now the rain has backed off and the sun is back to its hot summer ways...im going to have to have some good coffee so i can use the ground leftovers,i tried to find pellets but no luck on the safe ones,i will try everyones advice,also i will try more garden centres for the red pellets ...by the way do you guys think that me spotting salt on the slugs and it going all over some of the plant and base of the vine on the ground that the soil will develop too much acidic content in just my one nights effort, im asking only becuase the vines are growing really excellent and i dont want to contribute to poisoning them and stunting the current spurts of growth??
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Julie says...
Rob, look for Amgrow Enviroguard (iron) or Multiguard (copper).

You could also mix some ground copper sulphate with Vaseline, and put it on the bottom of the stem. I put this around the lip all my pots last winter with great success - no snails or slugs.
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Rob says...
Hi, i bought these pellets from the Mitre 10 Nursery,they say they are specially formulated for people with pets,native birds,fuana,earthworms called Multicrop Multiguard,active ingredient is Iron EDTA Complex,it promotes the usage of it in areas where there are pets and wildlife (Iron Chelate),does not contain Metaldehyde or Methiocarb...But it still states that if your Pet consumes it ,to contact your Vet Immediatly as consumption of large quantities may be toxic...and in bold lettering DO NOT PLACE PELLETS IN HEAPS.....I will try it but i will throw the pellets behind the garden sleepers so they are out of reach and also spread a few at the base of the vines....But before i do that im going to try some homemade methods and safer ingredients that i sourced from the info of the net....i will post you all and tell you how it goes
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11th February 2010 10:41am
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MaryB says...
I have solved the problem of passionfruit leaves being eaten. I have a relatively new plant that was growing well when it suddenly started being eaten in the way described in this series of posts. I happened to have some crushed garlic in a jar in my fridge so I smeared each remaining leaf with the crushed garlic mixture. I put it on all leaves whether eaten or not and along the stem. I renew it every day and not one leaf has been eaten since I started doing it a week ago and my plant is looking happy and strong again.
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