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WychOfAvalon
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posted April 28, 2004 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WychOfAvalon     Edit/Delete Message
We moved a month ago and I put my pretty pretty plants on our new 'stoop' by the front door. They did GREAT there for about 3 weeks. HUGE HUGE leaves, great colour, etc.

Then I noticed the little holes in the middle of the leaves. So I know something's eating them but I don't know what. My mother said possibly slugs?? *shudder*

Anyway before she told me that I thought it was bugs so I went and got some insecticide to spray on them. Sprayed.

A couple days later MAN MY POOR PLANTS!!! I guess the insecticide and the sun really did a number on them. The leaves look like crap and some of them are quite 'crispy' AHHHH! It's been 100 degrees the past two days in LA so I'm sure that didn't help.

What should I dooooooo?

I did order some stuff for the slugs. I found an organictype garden site online because I don't even really like the idea of spraying for bugs with strong poisons. The slug stuff won't be here for another week or two.

How do I help out my plants in the meantime? Not just from being eaten but from the damage I've done witht he insect poison?

*sniffs!*

I can take pics and post them if anyone wants to see them.

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WychOfAvalon
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posted April 28, 2004 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WychOfAvalon     Edit/Delete Message
Here I just went out and took some pictures




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skywych
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posted April 28, 2004 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skywych     Edit/Delete Message
Ah Wych,

I'd say you have sun scald and aphids. Or white flies. Bring your plants inside and soak them in the shower or tub. Let them suck up all the water they can. Keep them in a shadey place for a time. Those are coleus right? They need a little shade in the afternoon.

For the bugs, get a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a spray bottle. Put in one part alcohol and 3 parts water. Spray the plants really well, underneath the leaves too. Check for bugs everyday, and do the spray as often as needed. Usually once or twice will cure them right up. Add some fertilizer after all of the watering, for most of it would have seeped out with the water.

Hope this helps, skywych

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WychOfAvalon
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posted April 29, 2004 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WychOfAvalon     Edit/Delete Message
Hey skywych

Thank you for the advice! I did bring them in yesterday and let them soak in the shower. They are looking a little better today (although with some new holes from the bugs/slugs or what have you!!). I'm going to pick up some alcohol this weekend and see how it works

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skywych
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posted April 29, 2004 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skywych     Edit/Delete Message
Hey back Wych,

I'm glad your plants are feeling better. They are very pretty, despite their illness right now. The difference between slugs and bugs is that bugs leave holes in the leaves and slugs sort of suck the whole plant dry. And slugs leave a shiney trail behind them and on the soil in the pot. Bugs hide underneath the leaves and eat them. And you don't notice til you see the holes or the webs.

In public greenhouses we used the alcohol spray because if we wanted to use chemicals we had to get the health department to okay it first. And close the greenhouse for several days. Which cost the store money and you know how corps. feel about their cash flow. Just don't over use it, it's very drying to the leaves.

good luck, skywych

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BloodRedMoon
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posted April 29, 2004 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BloodRedMoon     Edit/Delete Message
**this is WychOfAvalon. I just changed my screenname**

They are very pretty plants. You should have seen them a week and a half ago!! They were SOOOO FABULOUS! Some of the leaves were bigger than my hands... and I have pretty big hands

Thank you again so much!

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Randall
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posted May 08, 2004 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message
Any improvement?

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Harpyr
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posted May 08, 2004 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harpyr     Edit/Delete Message
yeah I'm curious too..

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aqua
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posted May 09, 2004 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aqua     Edit/Delete Message
yes even i am.show there healthy pictures to us.i am really eager to see

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BloodRedMoon
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posted May 09, 2004 03:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BloodRedMoon     Edit/Delete Message
all of you are SO SWEET!!
I'll take some pictures of them tomorrow. They *ARE* doing better now. I also took them off the porch and put them on the other side of the building by our little backdoor.

I'm nervous they have a higher chance of someone swiping them there but.... there's more shade and they seem a LOT happier

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LibraSparkle
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posted May 09, 2004 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LibraSparkle     Edit/Delete Message
I've never heard of using rubbing alcohol! What a great thing to know. I've heard using a weak solution of dish soap and water in a spray bottle with help with aphids and spider mites. I wonder if rubbing alcohol would work better. You have to spray with the soap solution quite a few times before the buggies are gone.

I have a funny story about spider mites (*shudder*).

For my birthday, just before my first daughter was born, my mother-in-law gave me a gorgous magestic palm. It was beautiful. My second plant. (The first was a fool proof pathos.) After having it for only a couple of weeks it got all these little red spiders all over it. It was so creapy I couldn't go near it.

One day, while at one of my many baby appointments at that point, hubby thought he'd get rid of the bugs for me. I coudln't bring myself to go near the plant, much less consider how to get rid of the spiders. He got out his handy can of LYSOL and sprayed the life out of the poor palm. Spider mites didn't seem to have cared much.

Moral of the story... Lysol DOES NOT kill spider mites, but it does kill palm trees.

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BloodRedMoon
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posted May 10, 2004 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BloodRedMoon     Edit/Delete Message
Librasparkle! lol your poor tree! I feel really bad for giggling at your story but I did


Okay I'm going to wait a few more days to take pictures of my plants. They are doing MUCH MUCH better but there are a few sunscorched leaves still and I want them to look pretty when I give them portraits again to show all of you!!

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Randall
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posted May 12, 2004 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message

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Harpyr
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posted May 14, 2004 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harpyr     Edit/Delete Message
That's wonderful!

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Randall
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posted May 18, 2004 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message
*bump*

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BloodRedMoon
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posted May 25, 2004 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BloodRedMoon     Edit/Delete Message
From today!!!

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BloodRedMoon
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posted May 25, 2004 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BloodRedMoon     Edit/Delete Message
From today!!!


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LibraSparkle
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posted May 26, 2004 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LibraSparkle     Edit/Delete Message
Good job! They are beautiful!

They are happy plants now!

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BloodRedMoon
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posted May 27, 2004 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BloodRedMoon     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you! They are doing SO much better. I didn't even have to spray alcohol on them because there's a little spider living in there now and I'm assuming she's eating a lot of bugs. There are still a couple small holes in the leaves but it's managable

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posted May 31, 2004 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message

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juniperb
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posted June 01, 2004 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Wych, er BRM ... peek close and make sure it`s not a spider mite .

Usually they`re too small to see, but in this case, make sure it`s a buggy eating spider and not a plant debilitating spider.

They look ready for some fertilizer and music now I love happy endings...

Great job with their recovery!!

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BloodRedMoon
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posted June 02, 2004 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BloodRedMoon     Edit/Delete Message
Well I did get to see the spider living in the plants now She's about 3/4 of an inch long. She was just sitting there on a leaf last time I watered them.

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juniperb
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posted June 02, 2004 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
ah, the good kind of spider.

The plants are very beautiful!!

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BloodRedMoon
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posted June 02, 2004 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BloodRedMoon     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you!! I was really happy the other day because I was out there watering, spraying and pulling off dead leaves and someone just walking down the street to tell me how pretty they are.

AWWWWWWW! lol I do get paranoid that someone will steal them, though!

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aqua
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posted June 03, 2004 05:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aqua     Edit/Delete Message
WOW!! they r sooooooooooo beautiful

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