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,
Ruth and Tim
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.
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