Philodendron with a problem

lme5573April 14, 2013

I believe it is a velvet leaf philodendron, brought it home from the grocery store last week. I knew it had some sort of bug so I have isolated it from my other plants. I was sort of relaxed about it, but now I see a white spot showing on new growth, so I know it's going to be a problem.
I don't see any masses of white cottony stuff on the backs of the leaves, but some of the leaves have holes. What I do have is small white spots on the fronts of leaves.
Can you tell me what this is, and can I clean it up or should I just pitch it.
Thanks for any advice. I've got two more pictures to load, I hope someone can see enough to make a suggestion.
Thanks!
Lennie in Michigan

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lme5573

The previous pix shows the plant from the top. It looks pretty good, but this picture shows some of the spots.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 3:40PM
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lme5573

This picture shows the underside of the worst leaf - it has holes that you can peek through. I can show one more picture of the new leaf with a faint white spot if you need another look.
Thanks for looking!
Lennie

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 3:42PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Mealie bug?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 3:45PM
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lme5573

This one shows what's on the front.
How do I get rid of mealy bugs?
Q tip and rubbing alcohol?

thanks

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 3:48PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

First,do you see the bugs? If so then the q-tip method you describe would be one way,yes.

Still I'm not entirely sure what we're looking at here....

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 3:53PM
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lme5573

I don't see bugs, only damage. No cottony masses underneath the leaves, just small white spots. Maybe it's an early infestation?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 4:04PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Look into powdery mildew....may be the beginnings of an infection but I'm still not certain.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 4:12PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Mealies move around. If your plant had them, I think you'd see them. Your 'Micans' just looks like something's been taking some nibbles on the leaves, likely something that's no longer there. The leaves on this Philo are very sensitive and easily mechanically damaged. Unless you see new spots, I don't think it's any kind of insect damage, once you're ruled out spider mites. Philos aren't really known to be susceptible to any kind of critter infestations. Nothing about your plant looks like there's any kind of critters bugging it to me. My 'Micans' usually looks like that because it's always bumping into other plants, and I weave the little stems around a little trellis.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 4:14PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Sweet!!

Purp's here!

...She's really smart,Lennie....listen to her! :)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 4:18PM
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lme5573

Purple, you are the best! Now I can relax and just enjoy the plant.

Thank you, thank you!
Lennie

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 4:28PM
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