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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jan 27, 2018 4:37 PM CST
How would you all suggest removing these rusts from my two plants I bought? This place I get them from always seem to have rusty plants Hilarious!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 27, 2018 6:21 PM CST
That's not rust. I'm not sure what it is. Really tiny insects (scale or mealybugs) or a fungus? Take them back to where you got them and get your money back. Then, NEVER buy anything from them again.

This is not aimed at just Lindsey but WHY do you (collective you) buy plants that you know are diseased or buggy? The plant won't notice if you don't adopt it and try to save its life and you are taking the chance of passing whatever is wrong on to the rest of your collection. Sighing! (Okay, I'll take a deep breath and go feed the dog).
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Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Jan 27, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Hahahahahah I bought these months ago it just appeared, but I know it's not from my own collection because none of my plants have nor ever have had this condition! Doesn't look like mealy bugs to me, I've had those a couple years back on a plant. It's so FRUSTRATING. Half the plants I get from my local greenhouse are amazing and then this happens Sad AH.

I'm a poor college student, trust me I don't buy messed up plants on purpose lol.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 27, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Take them out of your collection and put them into isolation until you figure out what it is and how to deal with it. I always go for the least offensive first: Spray them with Insecticidal Soap. If its an insect, it will die and you can wash them off (might take a strong stream of water). Use the real Insecticidal Soap - its made of some seaweed derivative and it kills the insects by making their outer layer into pudding so they dehydrate. The best part is that the insects never build up a resistance to it. If you can find it in concentrate, it will be much cheaper.

My second go-to is alcohol (no, not the stuff you drink you crazy college student!) - rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle or on a Q-tip (for small infestations).

It almost looks like it could be a fungus or mildew... for that, maybe just try to wash it off with warm soapy water. Make sure your plants have good air circulation.

PS: Hope I'm not being nosy but I would love to know what your major is as you seem to be very interested in plants and especially cactus. My major was a double major in Biology and Business with a minor in Math. If I had it to do all over again, I think I might have gone into horticulture of some sort.
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Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Jan 27, 2018 8:56 PM CST
Okay weirdest thing. I nipped it in the succulent with water and scraping it off. The cactus on the other hand.... layers of this film were just PEELING off. Never have seen anything like it. In the end, destroyed the cactus in the process but honestly I'd rather sacrifice it then get any of my other plants sick.
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To answer your question, Daisy, I am a Biology and Spanish double major! I will be attending the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in the fall to become a pediatric dentist. Plants are just my crazy passion. I have over 200+ and keep an extensive excel sheet of the species. I also sell plants, and have done wetland plant research for my university! Smiling
Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jan 27, 2018 10:24 PM CST
Alright pretty sure it was red spider mites... first time ever dealing with those.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 27, 2018 11:09 PM CST
Sounds great! Please don't make me count my plants! Oh, wait... You are 20 and I am 70. I have a 50 year head start. Smiling

edited to say, way behind you in responses. Another Smily face...
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Faridat
Jan 28, 2018 3:40 AM CST
I want to be like you gals (Daisy and Lindsey)! Big Grin nodding I dream of having a big fat chunky collection of plants! Lovey dubby
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plantmanager
Jan 28, 2018 9:58 AM CST
I think you're well on the way to that collection, Faridat!
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 28, 2018 11:31 AM CST
DaisyI said:If I had it to do all over again, I think I might have gone into horticulture of some sort.


My Bachelor's is in Child Development and my MS is in Social Work. If I had to do it all over again, I agree with you.
Keep going!
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plantmanager
Jan 28, 2018 12:22 PM CST
I agree Me too! In the beginning it's hard to figure out what you want to do. Later on we all change so much. I guess it's the reason most people do 2 or 3 different things during their work lifetime.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 28, 2018 12:41 PM CST
I just started a thread for this in the All Things Gardening forum: The thread "Did you go to school for botany/horticulture/etc?" in All Things Gardening forum

I'm interested in people's responses. Smiling
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tx_flower_child
Jan 28, 2018 12:48 PM CST
I changed my major every semester until I was told in my junior year that I had to stop. Well, dang! Not fair! There's so many interesting things to learn about.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 28, 2018 5:07 PM CST
That's why I ended up with a double major. Smiling
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pod
Jan 30, 2018 8:02 AM CST
Faridat said:I want to be like you gals (Daisy and Lindsey)! Big Grin nodding I dream of having a big fat chunky collection of plants! Lovey dubby


All I want is a big fat chunky wallet but that will never happen as long as I have all these danged plants! Whistling
tx_flower_child said:I changed my major every semester until I was told in my junior year that I had to stop. Well, dang! Not fair! There's so many interesting things to learn about.

Welcome to our friendly, helpful group!

Sounds like the makings of a professional student... Whistling And I'll second the Welcome! Welcome!

Jai_Ganesha said:I just started a thread for this in the All Things Gardening forum: The thread "Did you go to school for botany/horticulture/etc?" in All Things Gardening forum

I'm interested in people's responses. Smiling

No school for botany here. Just lots of lessons learned in the greenhouse. Whistling

There is no way I'm going to count all these plants!

So ljones26 ~ rust equals red spider mites? What have you found that will treat them in the future? Or at least control them. Guess I'm still in botany online 101.
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Stush2019
Feb 8, 2018 1:38 PM CST
I'm too stupid and poor to go to collage but love the school of hard knocks. After 60 years (and I'm still 39 again) of this and I never learned so much as when I joined forums like these. I heard of a trick of using mouthwash as a spray treatment. It helped some crown rot issues I had with my Sans. Bought at the thrift store at only $1. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Feb 9, 2018 8:00 AM CST
@pod one site said to spray the plant with high pressure water and I did that and it didn't do CRAP Hilarious! then they said to introduce a natural predator around the plant, like lady bugs. Well, I don't want any lady bugs flying around my house Hilarious! Thirdly, it said to get an insecticidal oil?!?! Never have heard of that. It said normal insecticidal sprays like I have do not work on them. So pretty much these little guys have the upper hand on me in the future unless I get some dang oil lol. But none of my other plants have it thank God
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plantmanager
Feb 9, 2018 10:17 AM CST
I use Bonide horticultural oil. Just mix up a spray bottle and keep it handy. It's safe to use on plants even if you use it daily.
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Stush2019
Feb 9, 2018 10:34 AM CST
Lindsey, Some people are environmental cautious and don't believe in using chemicals. When dealing with house plants, I do believe in chemicals and use them lightly. Also note if any child or animal could eat the leaves. I have heard of Neam oil but never did me any good on scale. One treatment of systemic imidacloprid did the trick forever for me. Sold by Bonide and Bayer.
The active ingredient in Listerine is thymol. Which is in most cheap brands. Which is why it is good on fungus and rot. The alcohol also good on insects. The smell is also a plus. Used only once in a great while due to it is also long term determent on the plants.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 9, 2018 12:24 PM CST
Be careful with oils on cactus - you could smother your plants. Make sure cactus are listed on the label or do your research.
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