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A gardener has called to ... #202375

Asked July 25, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

A gardener has called to say that the roots of his potato plant had been eaten and he found grubs in the area. He claims they have also eaten areas on the tubers. Grubs are more commonly a turf problem, not veg garden. Any ideas?

Douglas County Minnesota

Expert Response

Potatoes can be attacked by grub-like insects.  Here are a couple of links that describe the damage, and some remedies for this kind of problem:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/vegetable/potato/tuberholes.html

http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/live/ec1565/build/ec1565.pdf

I hope this information is helpful.  Please contact AaE again if you have further questions.
Mary Courteau Replied July 26, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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