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How bathing a mealybug will save a kumquat
Advice from a great white bug hunter: Biological controls
Gerbera daisy proves an ungrateful winter guest
New Joe Pye, other perennials excite the experts
Cold shoulder is a good approach for tender outdoor plants, now indoors
Noticing pruning issues
Taking issue with a bird
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Bathe a mealy bug
Below: That's a long-tailed mealybug Trudy's after with her swab. It's one of the three most common greenhouse mealybugs. We told her to be glad it's this one and not the tailless citrus mealybug. Citrus mealybug females lay many more eggs.
Just look at these pictures -- what an eye and a focusing power Steven has. I can see the mealybug in every shot including when it's scrubbed up and then off the twig.
In the photo below right, Trudy's swab got the older, waxy mealybug but the younger mealybugs remain on the stem of the fruit. However, they've now been swabbed with alcohol and at least some will die as a result. Download the pdf to read more.
Mildews, stem rots, leaf spots, and botrytis -- a.k.a. gray mold -- are all fungal infections. (Here, botrytis on an overwintering Aeonium. If you look sharp you can see the gray fuzz that explains this infection's common name.) When water sits in dark, still nooks like the places where these leaves meet stem, ever-present fungal spores may find all they need to get growing. If at that time the plant is stressed because the air's overly dry and low in energy because the light's dim, its cell walls and internal chemical defenses are weak. The fungus gains ground. Download the pdf to read more.
Eupatorium 'Frosted Elegance' (above) and Trollius 'Cheddar' (left,below) are perennials. This Torenia 'Yellow Moon' (center) and Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst' (right) are "temperennial" -- hardy somewhere but not for us; candidates for indoor overwintering. Photos courtesy of Sunny Border Nursery
We went out to admire hoar frost (left) on our red horsechestnut's twigs and saw this 2" branch (right). It's rubbing in two places (yellow arrows), which damages the wood and leaves it open to infection and insect attack. It's also growing at such a narrow angle from its point of origin that it's bound to break one day from the weight of snow, ice or even rain. Then it would rip away, ruining both limbs. So during the next thaw I'll cut it off clean at the blue lines.
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acid loving plant fertilizer
alcohol in pest control
banana, Musa Siam Ruby
biological control, biological pest control
black on leaves
calamondin, X Citronfortunella
cause of mildew on plants
citrus plant hardiness
eating fruit treated with chemicals
Eupatorium Frosted Elegance, Joe Pye
finding insects on plants
"Flowers are restful...conflicts" Sigmund Freud
frost sensitive citrus plants
fuzzy white spots
gerbera daisy care
gerbera daisy, gerbera daisies, gerber daisy
Glasshouse Works Stewart Ohio www.glasshouseworks.com
grapefruit, Citrus paradisi
house plant winter care
identify pests, identify mealybugs
kumquat tree, Fortunella
lemon, Citrus limon
light for indoor pots
mealybug, mealybug damage, mealybug life cycle, mealybug spread migration
mildew on plants
natural lighting compared to fluorescent lighting
natures control of insects
Orange, Citrus sinensis
Osteospermum Zion Copper Amethyst
pesticide use health issues
photo's of mealybugs, kumquats
potted plant soggy roots
Professor Perry University of Vermont, perrysperennials.info/articles/tender.html
protection for frost damage
sooty mold fungus
Torenia Yellow Moon
Trollius Cheddar, globeflower
watering indoor pots
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