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Flowering Plum Worm + Design Help

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Hello Joan,

We’re in Goleta and planted plum trees in January, which are doing well, except for a tiny black worm that is eating the leaves (about 1/4 ” long). Do you have any suggestions for how to get rid of this without chemicals, etc. ?

Thanks for your advice,

Best wishes

Ruth and Tim

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Joan says:

Hi there,

There is a small worm that munches its way through the foliage of purple-leaf plum trees. Some years it’s more active than others. Generally the trees just shake off the damage, although the leaves can look pretty tattered by the end of the season.

You might snip off a damaged leaf + a worm, put them in a plastic bag and take them to Terra Sol Nursery on Overpass Road in Goleta. Show the leaf and the worm to the folks at the counter, and they should be able to suggest a biological control.

Good luck!

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3 responses to “Flowering Plum Worm + Design Help
  1. Hi there,

    There is a small worm that munches its way through the foliage of purple-leaf plum trees. Some years it’s more active than others. Generally the trees just shake off the damage, although the leaves can look pretty tattered by the end of the season.

    You might snip off a damaged leaf + a worm, put them in a plastic bag and take them to Terra Sol Nursery on Overpass Road in Goleta. Show the leaf and the worm to the folks at the counter, and they should be able to suggest a biological control.

    Good luck!

  2. Thanks for this help.

    We bought a house in Goleta in January (with 1 acre), and are just starting to decide how to plant. We put in a few orange trees, and lemon, plum, apple, etc. but want to begin to put in some native plants (we aim to use the minimum water possible).

    We’d love to become part of a group where we can begin to learn about what to do (I know how to plant in the UK – I’ve just moved here, so considerations are very different). My husband has lived here for 13 years but has never had land before, so we’re both starting to learn.

    Thanks.

    Best wishes
    Ruth and Tim

  3. Hi Ruth,

    A couple of resources are the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which offers all sorts of classes, and the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society, which meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Louise Lowry Davies Center on De La Vina.

    Also, of course, I’m a garden designer, and most of the time I design full gardens. However, I do offer two-hour coaching sessions, which might be of use to you. You might also check out my gardening blog.

    Good luck!

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