Tropicals forum: Plumeria spots: Is this a nutrient deficiency or something more sinister?

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Name: Alana H
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poisondartfrog
Jul 28, 2015 8:15 AM CST
I can't find evidence of insects, even with a magnifying glass, but my eyesight fail me often when it comes to minute critters like mites. Could these red bumps and voids be a lack of nutrition? New leaves start to "ripple" as soon as they emerge, older foliage looks okay.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 28, 2015 8:57 AM CST

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@Dutchlady1 should be able to help diagnose whatever is ailing your plumeria. She has been notified to come take a look! Thumbs up
Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
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poisondartfrog
Jul 28, 2015 10:57 AM CST
Thanks. Smiling
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 28, 2015 11:38 AM CST
I suspect spider mites; have had an infestations myself Thumbs down
Name: Alana H
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poisondartfrog
Jul 28, 2015 12:31 PM CST
Thank you! I will address it accordingly and see if new growth is better.
Name: Kate
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karmatree
Aug 16, 2015 6:39 AM CST
Is it only on old growth?
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Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
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poisondartfrog
Aug 16, 2015 8:57 AM CST
No, primarily new growth with little to no affect on older leaves. I have been spraying the foliage off with a jet of water to dislodge pests if that is the issue. I think there is some improvement in newest growth, but I had a couple of highly affected young leaves that perished.
This is really a now well rooted cutting from 'Divine' that was about to bloom but the buds dried up about the time I noticed the leaf damage. Once I am sure I have it's issues controlled I would love to send it to someone who would like it, but not before. Any additional suggestions that don't involve toxic products appreciated.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 16, 2015 12:20 PM CST
I suspect that tiny, sucking insects more easily attack new, tender growth. But I don't know much about spider mites.
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