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by cochris4 on September 30, 2004 02:59 AM
Several days ago we bought a Money Tree from Target, and when we bought it it had this white stuff on most of the leaves. This morning several of the leaves look damaged. I'm kinda new to caring for plants, especially 'foreign' plants, so I'm wondering what/why this is (both the white stuff and the leaves being destroyed) and what should I do about it? Is it something serious enough I should move it away from the other plants (contagious?)

I took some pictures:
Some of the white stuff
Some of the damaged leaves
More of the damaged leaves
An underside shot, showing a little bit of the white stuff around the edges
More white stuff
More white stuff and a bit of the damaged leaves
More damaged leaves
More of both
Where it resides

It's ontop of our entertainment stand next to our Bonsai Japanese Juniper, and on the other side are two vases of Lucky Bamboo. The thing in the middle is fake. They're there because our apartment faces north by north-west and doesn't get much sun. Usually between 4pm to 6pm the sun peeks around the building and gives some direct sunlight to the entertainment stand and the plants. This is the best place I could find indoors that gives the plants direct sunlight. The rest of the day the plants receive indirect sunlight from that window (I leave the blinds open 24/7 to make sure they get as much sun as possible.)

Any help or opinions are greatly appreciated. Also some help/resources on caring for our various new plants (we got the Bonsai from a street vendor a few days before we bought the Money Tree and Bamboo.)

Thanks
by suzydaze on September 30, 2004 03:19 PM
is this plant inside or outside?

I'd take a cloth (damp) and wash the leaves off one at a time and sprinkle a little seven dust around the base. The leave damage looks like an insect (a worm maybe, a leaf cutter maybe) not sure. But seven dust takes care of most stuff like that. The other just lookes like wet spots where maybe dust has dried (could be the starting of a mold though) but just use a little drop or two of dish washing liquid and a damp cloth and give it a little bath. Sometimes that helps if it's mold too

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by suzydaze on September 30, 2004 04:22 PM
I did some research on this and leaf cutter ants are common to that type of plant, and it looks like your white powdery stuff might be a fungus. It said to spray with a fungus spray.

I think I'd try wraping a small picec of typw (sticky side up) around the base of the tree and see if something stuck to it going up or down the next morning/ night. Might work better than trying to guess at what you have. Since it's an inside plant.

The soapy water wash (bath) might work for the fungus. Couldn't hurt to try.

Suzy

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by cochris4 on September 30, 2004 09:24 PM
Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. I'll try the tape thing, that sounds brilliant. [Smile]

Also, I don't know what seven dust is (I'm assuming you don't mean crumble up a Seven Dust CD and sprinkle it on the plant? [Razz] ) Okay I'm a dork. Anyway, thanks. I'm totally new to this.
by suzydaze on September 30, 2004 11:44 PM
I hope you catch what ever it is. I'd love to come up with some thing brilliant (love that word thanks) that actually works.

I'd just use a little seven dust around the base, what ever is eatting it is going up and down the trunk of the tree and into the dirt.

the spots...don't know that could be air born.

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by cochris4 on October 01, 2004 04:43 AM
But what is Seven Dust?
by suzydaze on October 01, 2004 02:59 PM
oh, I'm sorry I grew up around gardening people so I just assumed. So sorry. Sevin (I've been mis spelling it too) dust is a dust you can buy to put on plants for bugs. They have all size bags, since you do not garden veggies a small bag will do you. you can buy at most any place that sells plants (wal mart, freds, target etc.)
Just ask for some seven dust, bag is red and white and yellow will say SEVIN DUST across the front in big letters. It's a really fine dust (they have a grandular one too) just flip the bag over and see what it kills, they'll have a list on the back. the dust should be fine since you're not sure what type of incent you're trying to get rid of.

If you get some on the plant it will not hurt it. JUst do not cover all the leaf areas becuse this is how the plant breathes.

I use it on alot of stuff because it's made to get rid of several types of ants and worms. As long as I have just a few I don't use, but when they clean every leaf off in a day I dust.

http://lawn-and-garden.aubuchonhardware.com/pest_control_and_fertilizers/insecticides_and_insect_repellants/sevin_dust-758255.asp

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by cochris4 on October 09, 2004 11:51 AM
Update! (x-posted again, sorry [Razz] )
Hey, I'm back. I have a possible lead on my disappearing leaf problem... I caught a bug (of the flying variety) flying around the plant, but I don't know what it is... Here's some pics:

http://nilk.net/pics/bug1.jpg
http://nilk.net/pics/bug1.png (higher quality)

http://nilk.net/pics/bug2.jpg
http://nilk.net/pics/bug2.png (higher quality)
(same bug, different angle)

Could this be what's eating my leaves? How can I rid my plant/apartment of these?

Good news is though, the tree seems healthy enough to grow new leaves:
http://nilk.net/pics/plant.jpg
http://nilk.net/pics/plant.png (higher quality)
Aint it cute? [Razz]

Anyway, any help with the possible bug problem would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

And thanks for the info on Sevin Dust, you think it applies to this particular bug?
by catlover on October 09, 2004 09:15 PM
[Big Grin] Now you have me cross posting. [Roll Eyes]
I posted in your new members thread.
Catlover [wayey]

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