Caixin flowers

The cluster of caixin flower buds

One of my caixin plants finally started producing bunches of flower buds! They look like broccoli to me :)

The downside of these clusters of buds is that the dastardly caterpillars have a lot more nooks and crannies to hide in. The day after taking this shot, the buds were partly eaten and covered in the sticky web-like threads that the caterpillars produce. Somehow I don’t think I’m going to have the pleasure of collecting fresh seeds… :(

Another look at the pristine flower buds before the caterpillars got to them

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Caixin flowers — 2 Comments

    • hi serene, took a look and agree that those are probably moth larvae. The little green one wreaks a lot of havoc here, and I usually remove all caterpillars from my plants. They’re just too destructive. Believe me, if I knew which moth or butterfly was responsible for wrecking my plants, I’d be chasing them with my badminton racket! Sorry I can’t positively identify the caterpillars for you.