Damaged Nasturtium Foliage
A couple of weeks ago after my Nasturtium seedlings emerged in the garden some kind of pest had a field day in the garden. Most of the cotyledons were eaten back to the stems and some leaves had been chewed like the picture below.
The seedlings could've been attacked by either a slug,Japanese beetle or perhaps it was a leafcutter bee. Whatever it was that started eating the foliage of my Nasturtiums and damaged leafs it also took bites out of my sunflowers and ravaged my purple coneflowers and several weeds. Fortunately, their were enough weeds and purple coneflowers to eat that the Nasturtiums were given a rest and are recuperating nicely.
A few feet away from the damaged Nasturtiums, in the cinder block planters, these Nasturtiums that I sowed directly were completely spared and didn't suffer any damage. Maybe whatever garden pest that was visiting the salad bar along the fence had its fill before reaching this section of my garden.
In all of my years of growing Nasturtiums I've never had a single leaf damaged by a pest in the garden. This is a first for me. I wish I could pinpoint the pest that almost took out my seedlings but I haven't spotted it.
Previous Posts on Nasturtiums:
Direct sowing Nasturtiums in the Garden
5 Reasons Why I Grow Nasturtiums in my Garden
Nasturtium "Dwarf Cherry Rose"
Nasturtium "Jewel Mix"
Climbing Nasturtium, "Moonlight" (pics & video)
When I Collect Nasturtium Seeds.(pics & video)
"I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds."