What is killing my plants?

ggrussettMay 21, 2011

All of my house plants are slowly dying! I have never been real great at growing plants but I got several new house plants about 7 months ago. They did great for awhile but lately they all seem to be dying off. The leaves are getting brown and it looks like there is web on them. I took some dead fronds off a Majesty Palm and noticed a furry coating on the live ones with a bunch of dark spots. What could this be? Is there a way to treat whatever this is? Feeling a little defeated that I can't seem to keep these beautiful house plants healthy. :(



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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Good images are very helpful and sometimes essential in obtaining a useful diagnosis for plant problems. We can sometimes take some educated guesses, but without more information, that's all it would be. The kinds of plants you have is important information for us, as well.

The 'web' might be a sign of a severe case of spider mites, a very common pest of house plants.

We'd especially need to see this 'furry coat' before anyone can help you with solutions.

Being successful at growing beautiful plants takes some study, plain and simple. You need to understand the pros and cons of your particular environment and purchase plants that are suited to that environment. That means, of course, that you should do a bit of research on the plants before you bring them home!

Learning about how to water and fertilize properly is important, as is providing a good potting medium. And then, as you have discovered, being able to recognize the common pests of indoor plants can be very helpful.

When you enter someone's home and admire the beautiful plants, know that it is never by accident. A bit of reading ahead of time would have let you know, probably, that Majesty Palms can be a real challenge in the home. They are frankly not particularly suited as a house plant but continue to be sold as such because they are easy to mass produce and look attractive at the garden centers.

So! How about some pictures of this fuzzy stuff on the palm?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 2:56PM
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I wonder if the "furry coating" and black spots might be a severe mealy bug infestation with sooty mold from the mealy bug honeydew? Rhizo's right, pics are necessary.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 10:42AM
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