Zinnia bug damage

Asked June 30, 2019, 9:17 AM EDT

My zinnias have been chewed up by Japanese beetles. I have the bugs under control now but am wondering if I should pick off the damaged skelotonized leaves? Will the leaves grow back if I take off the bad ones?

Fulton County Indiana

1 Response

Thank you for your question. While the leaves may not look garden-worthy, what remains of the leaf, other than the veins, will continue to supply ‘food’ to the plant. But you can remove them, and new leaves will typically grow this early in the summer. With proper care, more leaves may grow, even if you don’t prune. Good luck!