Holes in your umbrella plant are not a good sign. It is important to understand what the cause of these holes could be so that you can address the problem before it becomes worse.
There are many potential reasons for this issue, including pests or diseases that you should keep an eye out for when looking at your plant.
Read on to learn more about why there might be holes in your umbrella plant and how to handle the situation if you see any!
Why Are There Holes in My Umbrella Plant?
The most likely reason that youâ€™re seeing holes in your umbrella plant is because of a pest called liriomyza melanogaster, which tunnels through plants and leaves behind destruction when they’re finished!
You may not even realize that these bugs are on your plant as they are very small and only become active at night. This is when they chew through plants and make their telltale holes.
There is also the chance that your umbrella plant has a fungal disease… This is not the fun kind of disease!
Symptoms include brown or black spots on leaves, lesions along veins, and holes in between those veins. Fungus is a serious issue so you will need to take action as soon as possible if this is whatâ€™s causing your umbrella plant to have holes.
How To Save the Umbrella Plant from Pests?
One of my favorite home remedies for leaf miners is to spray your umbrella plant with neem oil. This will kill any larvae and prevent new infestations.
Neem oil (amazon link) is an organic pesticide that is safe for your plant. Follow the instructions on the bottle to ensure you are using it correctly. I use it on the leaves and stems of my plants, but not directly on the flowers or fruit (if you have any).
If your plant has a fungal infection, guess what, the neem oil works for that too! In fact, you can use it for all kinds of pests and diseases including mildews, molds, aphids, whiteflies, spider mites…
When using neem oil at home I recommend mixing a solution containing one tablespoon of the product in one gallon of water. Apply this to your plant by spraying both sides of leaves and stems.
How To Keep An Umbrella Plant Healthy?
Prevention is the best way to handle this issue, so be sure that you keep your umbrella plant healthy in order to prevent pests and diseases from attacking it. Make sure that your plant gets plenty of sunlight during the day, especially if itâ€™s an indoor variety.
Location: Umbrella plants like to be in the warm and humid climates of zones five through nine. You can keep them outside during temperate seasons and bring them inside when cold weather approaches.
Pruning: Keep your umbrella plant pruned to keep it from getting too tall and overwhelming. If you do not like the shape of your umbrella plant, trim off any stems that are sticking out or growing up towards the top
Watering: Umbrella plants like to be watered regularly, so keep the soil moist and donâ€™t let it dry out too much. I like to water mine once a week during the spring and summer months.
Fertilizing: Keep your umbrella plant fertilized as well… But only use fertilizer every few months and at half strength! If you over-fertilize with a high nitrogen content product this can cause root damage, which will lead to more issues.
In conclusion, it is important to pay attention to your umbrella plant if you see holes in the leaves. This could be due to pests or diseases that can cause significant damage and destroy your plants, so itâ€™s best not to leave them untreated!
Be sure that you are maintaining a healthy environment for your plant by providing plenty of sunlight during the day, making sure that it is not too hot or cold where you are, and using neem oil to protect your plant!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.