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    My poor marigolds are being destroyed. Something is causing little holes and scratches in the stem. Only in the inch of stem immediately above the soil. I have never seen it before. It is almost like a beaver gnawing off a log. Does anyone know what is doing this?
    Last edited by MzViolet; 08-12-2017, 04:07 PM.

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    Hi could well be earwigs ,i`ve had a few stems gnawed off my tall african marigolds this year too and have noticed the odd one on the stems early morning . Try tying a small plant pot upside down stuffed with newspaper next to the stem, they will shelter (hopefully )in there . This is an old trick often used by Dahlia growers too .