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Canberra (Zone 9a)
shoalvie
Nov 20, 2016 9:03 PM CST
Firstly, I'm not too experienced gardening so I bought a succulent as an easy startup and I've fallen in love with them. However I'm sure what type mine is (if anyone could identify it, I'd be very greatful) or what's wrong with it. It's got these white web looking areas with little dark brown spots in the crease where the leaves form, is this normal? If not, can I fix it?
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 20, 2016 9:12 PM CST
Hi and Welcome, @shoalvie. It looks like your plant is a sunrose, also called Aptenia or Mesembryanthemum. They like it warm and sunny or at least partial sun. The white stuff looks like mealy bugs. You can put some alcohol on a swab and touch them and they melt away. That's good if you only have a few of them. If it's lots of them, use an insecticidal soap spray like "Safer's" that you can get at box stores or nurseries.
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Canberra (Zone 9a)
shoalvie
Nov 20, 2016 9:16 PM CST
plantmanager said:The white stuff looks like mealy bugs. You can put some alcohol on a swab and tough them and they melt away. That's good if you only have a few of them. If it's lots of them, use an insecticidal soap spray like "Safer's" that you can get at box stores or nurseries.


Thanks so much! I'll definitely try that
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Sempervivums
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plantmanager
Nov 20, 2016 9:17 PM CST
I have found having it outside is much better. When I had it inside I was fighting insects all the time.
If you can, edit your profile and let us know what city or plant zone you're in. It has to be pretty warm to grow them outdoors. I have done it in 9b.
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Canberra (Zone 9a)
shoalvie
Nov 20, 2016 9:31 PM CST
plantmanager said: It has to be pretty warm to grow them outdoors. I have done it in 9b.


From what I can tell, I'm in 9b. My climate is quite cold during winter with occasional heavy frost but very warm summers. So I'd only be able to have it outside for a few months a year. Thanks for all your help Smiling
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Sempervivums
Salvias Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Art Plumerias Seller of Garden Stuff Bookworm
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plantmanager
Nov 20, 2016 9:33 PM CST
Yes, it grows outside very quickly. You could root some cuttings to take inside, and leave some out during the winter. If it looks like a hard freeze you could cover them with plastic, burlap or the special plant blankets. It grows fast enough to experiment a bit.

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Canberra (Zone 9a)
shoalvie
Nov 21, 2016 1:37 AM CST
plantmanager said: It has to be pretty warm to grow them outdoors. I have done it in 9b.


From what I can tell, I'm in 9b. My climate is quite cold during winter with occasional heavy frost but very warm summers. So I'd only be able to have it outside for a few months a year. Thanks for all your help Smiling

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