Ask a Question forum: White Spots on Plants

Views: 145, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end

Jul 9, 2016 5:23 PM CST
I am very novice when it comes to plants and flowers. I decided to try my hand this year with a few potted flowers. I water them regularly and they get plenty of sun. All of them are in pots with proper drainage, but they all have tiny white spots on the stems and leaves and seem to be struggling. All of the flowers seem to be dying very quickly and in some spots the stems are dying as well. The white spots look like they are tiny pieces of cotton and not actually the leaves that are spotting. Any advice?
Thumb of 2016-07-09/visitor/729f2c

Thumb of 2016-07-09/visitor/aba560

Thumb of 2016-07-09/visitor/6e0f8f

Thumb of 2016-07-09/DenverJ83/7ce4b8

Thumb of 2016-07-09/DenverJ83/09ee0d

Thumb of 2016-07-09/DenverJ83/cc472b

Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Herbs Enjoys or suffers cold winters Tomato Heads Garden Photography
Jul 9, 2016 6:02 PM CST
When you brush the plants with your hands, or shake them, do you get a cloud of white bugs flying everywhere?
Name: Karen
NM , AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Garden Art
Plumerias Hibiscus Houseplants Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Dog Lover Cat Lover
Jul 9, 2016 6:05 PM CST
robynanne said:When you brush the plants with your hands, or shake them, do you get a cloud of white bugs flying everywhere?

Possibly they are whiteflies? I've had a big problem with them recently. Safer Soap works, or just hosing off the plants daily will work if it is the whiteflies.

Handcrafted Coastal Inspired Art SeaMosaics!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Jul 9, 2016 6:18 PM CST
They look like they could be shed aphid skins, compare with this picture:
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Jul 10, 2016 1:24 PM CST
That does look like shed aphid skins to me, too. Look under the leaves and in the areas where the leaves meet the stem for the tiny green vermin.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by plantmanager and is called "Captivating Caladiums"