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Old 04-23-2011, 08:07 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I noticed some very small raised black dots/spots on the leaves of my petunias. They are easily scraped off and do not move. There are some holes in a few leaves but not near the black spots. I have only noticed them on my petunias even though I have marigolds and impatients in the same planter. Does anyone know what it could be?


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Old 04-23-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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I think you may find your answer at this link.

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Old 04-23-2011, 10:27 PM
 
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I agree with Va-cat that looks like caterpillar excrement. They drop it from wherever they are chewing. I've had my battles with these critters. This time of year it would most likely be a hard to see green one, the Green Horn Worm. As the first buds form on the plants the next caterpillar to appear is the Tobacco Budworm (aka Geranium budworm) which tend to start out tan to green but take on the color of the flower they are eating. The best way to get rid of them is to find them (I need my reading glasses) and squish them. Next best is using Bt on them.

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Old 05-20-2016, 01:35 PM
 
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Those are seeds. If you don't remove the flower heads after the bloom fades, it will go to seed. The seeds will often stick to the plant as shown. Always pinch off the hole flower heads for more beautiful and healthy petunias (don't just pull off the faded flower part
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:27 PM
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Those are seeds. If you don't remove the flower heads after the bloom fades, it will go to seed. The seeds will often stick to the plant as shown. Always pinch off the hole flower heads for more beautiful and healthy petunias (don't just pull off the faded flower part
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Old 12-24-2017, 11:40 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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I have the same! Very frustrated. Did you find out what they are and how to get rid of them? they look like dirt and are only on my succulents, I even saw a few inside on one of my plants I made from a clipping that has not been around any other plants. Does this have something to possibly do with lady bugs, I saw a lady but on the plant inside... I have seen one or two on the succulents in the garage( it’s winter here). They don’t move, look just like specks or dirt. They are gross and I want it gone ASAP!
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Old 12-24-2017, 11:44 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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Those are seeds. If you don't remove the flower heads after the bloom fades, it will go to seed. The seeds will often stick to the plant as shown. Always pinch off the hole flower heads for more beautiful and healthy petunias (don't just pull off the faded flower part
These are not seeds. It’s droppings or some type of insect. It gross and I really need help getting rid of this or what’s causing it. Anyone find a solution?
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Old 12-25-2017, 02:53 AM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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They are petunia seeds. If they are on the leaves and you don't like the looks of them just brush them off with your fingers or a small dry paint brush.


pictures of petunia seeds. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...ds&FORM=HDRSC2


You're supposed to be deadheading the spent petunia blooms before the seed pods ripen and spit their seeds out like that.


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Old 12-25-2017, 03:00 AM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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I have the same! Very frustrated. Did you find out what they are and how to get rid of them? they look like dirt and are only on my succulents, I even saw a few inside on one of my plants I made from a clipping that has not been around any other plants. Does this have something to possibly do with lady bugs, I saw a lady but on the plant inside... I have seen one or two on the succulents in the garage( itís winter here). They donít move, look just like specks or dirt. They are gross and I want it gone ASAP!

If you only have them on your succulents, what kind of damage do you have on your succulent leaves?


Whatever the black specks are on your succulents, just wash them off with water or brush them off with a dry brush.


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