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Capsid Bug on my Hydrangea Annabelle

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I am very new to gardening, but think I have identified that I may have capsid bug on my newly planted Hydrangea Annabelle. The edges of the leaves are going black and dry, as are some of the stems and the outer edges of the new flower buds. Could you advise what the best treatment is. I have cut back all the stems and leaves that were badly affected, but the problem, although not a prevalent, still seems to be present

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  • Posted: Sun. 4th July 2010 15:21

Re: Capsid Bug on my Hydrangea Annabelle

Reply from Katy Elton

Hi Ann,

This does indeed sound like capsid bug. Try and keep the area beneath the plant free of debris, as this is where they hide. If the problem persists something such as Provado Ultimate Bug Killer can work well.

Don’t forget to add the plant to your ‘plants I have’ list to receive regular care updates http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/hydrangea-arborescens-annabelle?referrer=%2Fplant%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DHydrangea+Annabelle.

Hope this helps.

  • Posted: Thu. 8th July 2010 14:03

Re: Re: Capsid Bug on my Hydrangea Annabelle

Reply from Ann Brooks

Hello Katy,
Thank you so much. I will definitey buy some of this. The poor plant is only half of what it was when it was newly planted in May as I have had to cutaway so much of the foliage and the stems. If I have to cut it right back, would it still come back again next year?
PS it is now on my plant list. I need to spend some more time to get all of my plants on my list as everything in my garden was newly planted all at once in May...so I have a steep lrarning curve ahead :-)

  • Posted: Thu. 8th July 2010 21:20

Re: Capsid Bug on my Hydrangea Annabelle

Reply from lynnep

Our garden, which we've had for 2 years, has areally bad capsid problem. Wetry to be as organic as poss, even with the regiments of slugs that march down the garden every night, but the capsids - which I've never experienced before are a nightmare! They especially like Caryopteris, and this has had virtually no flowers either year. They have decimated my husbands runner beans - there is one flower on a wigwam of 6 plants, and many other plants get ruined or some damage. We have found The spray already mentioned is the only thing, but we hate using pesticides for fear of harming beneficial insects.

  • Posted: Mon. 16th August 2010 14:04