What’s the problem with this mint– and oregano, too?
Jackie Fialkowski Gatas contacted me with this question:
Does anyone happen to know what is happening with my mint? It’s also starting to show on my oregano. Don’t know if it’s a bug or a fungus. Thanks guys.
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9 Comments on “Question on spotty mint, plus more gardening news”
I use it & it does help. Don’t like to use insecticides. Keep it as natural as possible. At least soap washes off. Hopefully
Doreen I use it on basile too
Thank you so much for everyones help. I truly appreciated it. Have a wonderful summer
Doreen, have you found diluted dish soap to be successful?
Have u tried diluted dish soap?
Here’s some more information on the fourlined plant bug from Cornell. This fact sheet specifically mentions mint as a plant that this bug likes. There’s a picture of the type of damage it causes, along with recommendations on how to manage these pests.
Thanks, Kirsten! I guess I should have asked John Farfaglia when I was interviewing him about the rain! Yeah, I don’t think I would want to use insecticidal soap on leaves that I’m going to eat. If the bugs are gone by July, it sounds like picking off the affected leaves might do the trick, too.
Checked images on google to confirm. Definitely the same images for 4-line plant bug as the reader submitted. The nymphs hatched in April and May and feed for 4 weeks causing most of the damage on the leaves, the adults are there for one more month, and by end of June, they are gone. No more….much less problematic than Japanese beetles. Cornell Coop Ext of Wisconsin says you can use insecticidal soap, but remember this also kills the babies of lady bugs, and some other young beneficial insects. Hand picking is also recommended…which is how I deal with Japanese beetles too.
John Farfaglia just addressed this one in a talk to our garden club a few days ago. I did not take notes, but I know it is an insect. I’m thinking it was the 4-line bug that sucks on the spot. It’s life cycle is about 4 weeks and then this damage stops. He said it particularly affected mint.
Looks like leaf spot (fungal maybe), but it is a good one for John to answer.