All Things Gardening forum: Why can I not have this plant?

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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Sep 27, 2017 1:37 PM CST
I ordered Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow and it came covered in bugs and half dead Grumbling
I have tried five separate times to purchase several different kinds of hardy Euphorbias and all of my attempts have failed. I want them really bad. I have the perfect spots in the garden for them. I can not find healthy ones locally and all my mail order attempts have gone horribly wrong. Is this a sign? Should I give up? This is the sight that greeted me when opening my package Crying Yuck! That is probably the biggest mealy bug I have ever seen. You can even see its tail. Anybody else have an elusive plant that you can not get no matter your effort?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 27, 2017 2:27 PM CST
Where are you ordering your plants from? I think its time to find another source.
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Sep 27, 2017 2:35 PM CST
Daisy, I order lots of plants online and I usually have great experiences. It is just this plant I have had problems with. All purchases from separate vendors Shrug!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 27, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Next time I see one, I will grab a cutting.
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Name: greene
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greene
Sep 27, 2017 2:42 PM CST
Perhaps send out a request in our NGA trade forum.
A friend...even an online friend... would not send such nasty plants to you.
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Sep 27, 2017 2:58 PM CST
DaisyI said:Next time I see one, I will grab a cutting.


That is very kind Daisy. Looking at the photos, if I clean REALLY well and take some cuttings off the top will they root? Because of my unfortunate results on this kind of plant I do not have any experience with them. Right now it is bagged and in the trash with a refund from vendor.
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Sep 27, 2017 3:00 PM CST
greene said:Perhaps send out a request in our NGA trade forum.
A friend...even an online friend... would not send such nasty plants to you.


That is not a bad idea. Thank you. I guess I am wondering at this point if this kind of plant just not travel well? I doubt that but maybe? This one was just disgusting. In all my purchases of plants online this was one of the worst.
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Sep 28, 2017 7:40 AM CST
Esperanza said: I ordered Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow and it came covered in bugs and half dead Grumbling
I have tried five separate times to purchase several different kinds of hardy Euphorbias and all of my attempts have failed. I want them really bad. I have the perfect spots in the garden for them. I can not find healthy ones locally and all my mail order attempts have gone horribly wrong. Is this a sign? Should I give up? This is the sight that greeted me when opening my package Crying Yuck! That is probably the biggest mealy bug I have ever seen. You can even see its tail. Anybody else have an elusive plant that you can not get no matter your effort?
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Order a few and spray them with soap, pesticides, and vinegar away from other plants. If any pests survive that, you are just getting new ones.

I keep an organic yard, but I save a spot for eliminating pests that arrive with some plants and show them no inorganic mercy there.

I consider it a safe entry point to the rest of the yard.

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purpleinopp
Sep 29, 2017 10:52 AM CST
The heat during this time of year could be part of the issue. I would prefer to receive unrooted cuttings of any succulent type plant, if at all available. Every kind I have tried has taken root as easily as you and I take a breath, I don't want "dirt" from anywhere, or for any of the weight to be "dirt" instead of plant material. The few times I've gotten a potted plant through the mail, it was a mess. Now when trading, I ask more questions.

My eyes could not see the critter clearly, but is it possible that it's just a wooly aphid, and not a mealy?

Either way, discarding the roots & soil would be the first thing I would do. Then you can see what is on any of the plant material clearly, and if there are any pests, they can't hide from that. Rinse, wipe, pull them off & you should be good to go.

Let cuttings dry overnight, up to a few days, then pot them up. I'm speaking from the assumption that the Euphorbia of this discussion, that I have not had, would react the same as the other kinds that I have had.

As you probably know, cutting into any Euphorbia releases the latex sap, which can cause a rash if your skin is sensitive to it, and/or a mess on the floor.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Sep 29, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Oh, and I forgot to say, I know the feeling of wanting a particular kind of plant and making several attempts to get it, but without anything to show for it. ...like dropping plants in the parking lot right after you just paid for them & knowing they're not going to survive that, the way they landed upside-down & all... ;) Hugs!
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Sep 30, 2017 9:14 AM CST
Thank you Yardenman and Tiffany. I ended up just wrapping the sickly plant in a plastic bag and trashed it. It is the first time I have trashed a plant but it was just too darn yucky to try and salvage. I got a full refund and a disappointing sorry out of the seller. If I sent a plant and a buyer sent me those photos....... well.... I would be mortified! I would try and make amends and not just sorry. I am still positive about future purchases. I WILL have these someday Rolling my eyes. Rolling on the floor laughing da da ta dum hoo ha ha hoo

Tiffany, I bought some cerinthe major seeds the other day and thought of you Group hug

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 1, 2017 5:26 AM CST
Awww, TYVM! I look forward to seeing your pics of that next summer!
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