Leaves at the shoot tips of many flowering ornamental plants become distorted or mis-shapen with many small holes. Plants commonly affected fuchsias, roses, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and dahlias. Flower buds may become distorted and not flower. Fruits may show small pale corky patches with cracking to the skin.
Pale green sap sucking insects. Sucking sap from young shoot tips and secrete a toxic saliva that kills some of the plant cells in that area. Later as leaves develop from the damage shoots these dead areas tear into many small holes. Damage can be seen from late spring to late summer.
Product Solution: Provado Ultimate Bug Killer Concentrate 2, ready to use, aerosol.
Cultural measures: In winter remove plant debris around affected plants, in summer remove weeds which harbour these pests.