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Austin, Tx
SofiaT
May 9, 2020 10:40 AM CST
Hi NGA community,

I have a Mother of Thousands (MoT) that is currently experiencing some issues. It sat close to a plant that had a spider mite issue but recovered with neem oil. The MoT doesn't appear tot have any pests but it's leaves are turning yellow, shriveling, and falling off. Some leaves look like they're breaking close to the stalk before any of the yellowing/shriveling happens. Currently sitting on a shaded North facing patio in Austin, TX. I water it occasionally and prior to this it was happy as a clam giving off babies. Those babies are also showing the same signs on their leaves even though they're in different pots.
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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
May 9, 2020 8:52 PM CST
Hi Sofia, welcome.
What time of day and how do you water it? Does the whole plant get wet, like with a hose trigger, or do you just water low down at the soil level?
The curved surfaces of water droplets can focus sunlight and cause spots of sunburn.. It's the location of the damage on the leaves, where water drops would collect that makes me think burns from watering even though it's on the North side of the house.
Sometimes I can tell right away what's wrong, this is not one of those. I'm not confident that's the problem, but I don't see any evidence of bugs, and in Austin in a terra-cotta pot this time of year I don't think your overwatering, so this is just an educated guess.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
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Austin, Tx
SofiaT
May 14, 2020 3:45 PM CST
Hi Turbosaurus!

Thanks for your patience with my response. I appreciate your insight. It made me think about a lot including when I last put neem oil on the MoT... I water her morning/early afternoon and never get water on her leaves. BUT with the neem oil I think I may have sprayed it in the afternoon and subsequently burned her leaves because of it. Thoughts? Im also thinking about moving her inside just for a few days to see if it's a pest. Thoughts? THANKS IN ADVANCE!! Smiling
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
May 14, 2020 7:49 PM CST
I dont think its a bug but I definitely would not bring it inside if i suspected one...

How does your new growth look? Are the wounds continuing or are they stable? If it was the neem oil application method, the leaves that were damaged may continue to wilt and fall off, but you shouldn't see new damage.

I try to take my plants out once in the spring and in back in once in the fall. I dont like to move them in and out.. I find that 9 times out of 10 mother nature's creppy crawlies will find a balance outdoors if I leave them alone.

In the rare occasion I get an infestation, its always coincided with the introduction of a new plant. Neem oil and systemic pesticides work.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Austin, Tx
SofiaT
May 22, 2020 2:20 PM CST
Well, I decided to move the plants inside and isolate/quarantine them. I saw a small spider but that didn't look to be a possible culprit. The new growth looks healthy and I'm going to continue monitoring it. I really appreciate your help, Turbosaurus! If I encounter the same issue with the new growth I'll reach out. Thank You!

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