leaf cancer? sunspots? pests? - Knowledgebase Question

lauderhill, Fl
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Question by edell1w
July 30, 2010
i have a tropical plant. the leaves are up to 3 fet and curled like a big holly leaf. bleachy white sparce areas appear and then disolve. now curly cuts appear and then disolve..whats up ?

Answer from NGA
July 30, 2010
Sounds like sun scald to me. The spots will turn white and then as the tissues die they can get mushy and seem to dissolve. Try protecting your plant with a temporary shelter from direct sunshine to see if that stops the development of new spots. Or, take an affected leaf into your cooperative extension office or Master Gardener Clinic for positive diagnosis. Contact Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension, 531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach - (561) 233-1700. Good luck with your plant.

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