Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Red/orange stain on Zebra Haworthia

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Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Apr 19, 2017 5:54 AM CST
On the top of some of the leaves is a red stain maybe orange sort of looks like rust, not sure what it is. This is a new plant for me so not previous history on it. I tried some water and some alcohol a q-tip but it is evidently in not on leaves. any ideas what it is?



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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 19, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Might be a rust fungus. Some Haworthias are susceptable.
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Your media might be getting too wet too. They prefer to be kept warm, on the dry side and lots of light. They change colors like that when it got too wet, and somehow felt cold.
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Name: Ed
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herrwood
Apr 19, 2017 1:24 PM CST
Thanks for the replies, this is another plant I adopted so only had it a few days not history on how it was kept. I looks very smooth to be a fungus almost looks like someone spilled some stain on it.
Its only on a few leaves and near the top so I think I will play it safe and preform some minor surgery tonight and remove the leaves in question, keep it isolated and see what happens.
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Sometimes it is better to just leave it alone. Let that succulent heal that injury on its own. It should eventually grow better leaves from the middle while the other leaves will just become older leaves that will just dry out, go brittle and be safer to remove.

In the meantime, you may want to check on your media and the condition of the roots too.
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Name: Ed
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herrwood
Apr 19, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Tarev, When I went back at looked at it again I could see that it was a rust fungus as compared to a # of photos I found of it.
I removed the infected portions and treated with neem oil and will keep a eye on it to see if it stays clean.
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Do update later how it goes! Hope it recovers!
Name: Ed
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herrwood
Apr 20, 2017 5:15 AM CST
1st time I dealt with any fungus so live or die it will be a good experiment. Yes I will update hopefully with good new I hate to have to write a obit for a plant.
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tarev
Apr 20, 2017 9:50 AM CST
I find Haworthias such toughies, even if they almost look so dead. Just giving them time to warm up and recover.

This is my Haworthia limifolia in March 2014, it got too wet, and cold, wrong position in the garden that winter, almost so dead looking, very discolored leaves, but I checked the roots after a month, the roots were promising, seems to have been finally regrowing so I just repotted them. I did not want to remove any discolored leaves:
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this morning 20Apr2017, sorry, I still have to do some weeding, with our extra rainy and cold mornings, it is oxalis galore; but you can see how fully recovered they are from then except for the smaller one, but it has potential to good recovery. I positioned this container closer to the house but still outdoors so even with the extra rain we had, it fared well, compared to winter 2014.

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Good luck on your Haworthia! Patience will be your friend Smiling
Name: Ed
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herrwood
Apr 20, 2017 10:00 AM CST

That is an amazing turn around, definitely a plant with a strong will to live.
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tarev
Apr 20, 2017 10:03 AM CST
Yes, it was a good learning curve for me, so I try not to give up on the succulents or do something drastic when it shows some stress.

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