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by 'Sparagus on April 24, 2006 01:28 AM
Check this out...(sorry a little blurry)

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Do you see those little clear beads on the underside of the leaves? Looks like drops of water, but they arent! Is this normal? Ive never grown okra before. The plants are 3 weeks old.

Im not really thinking it's anything bad, just kinda neat!

[flower] Karen
by SpringFever on April 24, 2006 02:20 AM
Aphids? [dunno]

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by 'Sparagus on April 24, 2006 02:33 AM
No, they arent "alive" (that I can tell!) And they arent outside yet.

Maybe some kind of sap??? I can pick them off and they stay intact so Im sure it's not water droplets.

Ill try to get a better pic, my camera needs to be charged and I could only get that one before it died!
by weezie13 on April 24, 2006 01:49 PM
I have seen it...
On tomatoes and cukes...

Are they outside?

And how old are they???

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by 'Sparagus on April 24, 2006 01:59 PM
They sprouted 3 weeks ago on Wednesday, and they are still inside, under the flourescents.

So bizarre! They pop off like little beads. I just checked, none on my tomatoes.
by SpringFever on April 26, 2006 02:32 PM
Strange like sap... [shocked]

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by 'Sparagus on April 26, 2006 02:44 PM
SpringFeaver! Are APHID EGGS anything like little beads of sap???!!!!??!! [thinker] Because I found some of the cute little buggers on my okra, tomato AND my moonflowers tonght! I washed off all the little beads and the other affected plants.
by SpringFever on April 26, 2006 02:50 PM
? i really don't know give me a sec to find a thread spar...

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by SpringFever on April 26, 2006 02:58 PM
Says aphids feed on the sap so if they feed then there might be sap droplets..?
Continue washing the leaves.. Hold on still looking

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by SpringFever on April 26, 2006 03:10 PM
not findin nothing really and read alot! ? I am sure someone will know for sure! Sorry spar Wish I could help more..

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by weezie13 on April 26, 2006 03:15 PM
I can't remember exactly what it is..
But it's just something with water dew/
on it's leaves.. like perspiration..

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by SpringFever on April 26, 2006 03:20 PM
Really that is cool weezie... I don't wanna give bad info ever ... I googled it up top and it said somethin about aphids and some kinda sappy stuff I got confused?

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by weezie13 on April 26, 2006 03:28 PM
Yes, aphids' do give off a sticky sweet sap,
and ants will "farm them" for it...
*and it will/can cause a mildew to form later...*

but what I think it is, some form of perspiration
that transpires from the leaves...
I remember reading something...
but can not remember were I read it...

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by 'Sparagus on April 27, 2006 12:33 AM
Good morning! Let me go check....

Droplets seem to be coming back on the Okra, which Im not too worried about, it seems normal for those fuzzy furry type leaves...

But how the heck did I get APHIDS??? I have been taking all the plants outside on sunny days. I dont think they are causing the drops on the okra, but Im thinking they like it! [Eek!] Ive seen ants "farming" aphids like Weezie mentioned.

Ok, I guess I better order some ladybugs ASAP. I dont want this to be a problem when I get everything planted!

Karen [flower]
by weezie13 on April 27, 2006 12:53 AM
Karen,
Alot of times when you see Aphids',
it's something "wrong" with the plant..

If a plant has all the correct growing requirement, they will be fine and strong..
If for some reason a growing requirement is off,
or say, even tooo much... that stress's the plant,
which then in turn makes the plant send out signals that something is stressing it.. and that message calls out the bad bugs...

It could mean that the plant is getting too much nitrogen, that's usually the cause..
Too much nice, lush green growth...
Or even the liquid fertilizers, or the combo of two...
sometimes it could just be the dirt is too rich..
Heck, it just be the plant is cold..*okra love the warmth/heat*

Can you tell us what the plant is growing in?
And where you've got it??

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by 'Sparagus on April 27, 2006 02:48 AM
[tears] OH NO! I want to grow this Okra soooo bad!

Ok, they are in peat pots, on my nifty growing shelf in the basement, it's pretty cool down there, maybe in the mid 60s?

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But Ive been taking them outside on the warm days, like yesterday.

They are 3 weeks old and Ive given them 1/2 strength fish emulsion water on week 2, and last night. The are growing in soil-less potting mix.

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I wonder about this: Some of the stems are reddish.

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Could that be a sign of something, like the blue stems in tomatoes we've talked about?

Thanks so much for your concern about my babies! I think they look pretty happy, but who knows...

Karen [flower]
by weezie13 on April 27, 2006 02:53 AM
I don't know much about growing them...
I only grew them last year for the first time..
And only planted like 6 plants, and one sprouted..
Then I gave the whole six pack to my mom, and then all of a sudden, 3 more popped up..
so, she had them, and they got pretty tall, and she got a few, but I am not that firmilar with them to say...

I grew them basically for the flower...
They are pretty!

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by 'Sparagus on April 27, 2006 02:59 AM
My 1 year old loves okra (imagine that!) so that's why I wanted to try it. They are going in a raised bed, covered in black plastic mulch, on the super hot south side of the house, my microclimate that gets heated up from the sun bouncing off the tan siding. IF THEY MAKE IT TO MAY 15 THAT IS!!!! [Eek!]
by peppereater on April 27, 2006 03:20 AM
Those look perfectly healthy to me. When you plant, try to grow extra by direct sowing seed, if you have some room. It takes a good patch to get a really good harvest, but it looks like you're well on your way!

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