Fed Up! May Toss Plants
When it rains it pours!
During the last Midwest rain storm, our basement flooded.
In the process, our 2-3-yr-old washer kicked the bucket.
Dh phoned a local appliance company, which turned out, yet another disaster..repairman made washer worse! But, that's another story..
Had to buy a new washer, which was delivered about an hour ago..
Wed, May 1, temp was 89F degrees. A beautiful, sunny day. Great news, huh? I thought so.
So, high on energy from sunshine and warmth, I hauled out close to 100 plants.
Thurs...A.M. Woke to a freezing house, 'opened windows, Weds.'
Cloudy, dark, light drizzle..temps dropped in the 40's..
My energy level dropped from 10, '10 being most energetic,' to 1, '1 lowest energy possible, can't get any lower, syn deceased.'
Thurs A.M....I looked out back..there stood a squirrel, 'literally stood on his/her hind legs,' reaching for citrus fruit.
I hurried outside, 'squirrel took off fast,' found several fruit lying throughout the yard. Not to mention, citrus tipped over from squirrel/s plucking/nibbling fruits.
Picked up citrus trees, returned inside, closed windows.
Thurs P.M. Strong winds. There goes my plants.
Crazy Brookfield woman, out in freezing rain, lifting plants..Not that it mattered, 5 mins later they again fell.
Thurs night, around 10P.M.. Went upstairs to change from jeans and 'sweater' to pj's.
While donning into warm, cozy slippers, I turned my head towards plants.
What I saw looked like the ceiling was painted and white paint dripped on leaves.
I approached plants, found Every damn leaf filled, packed, covered in Mealy!
I was so disgusted, I felt like getting a large trash bag and tossing every plant away.
I took 10 deep breaths, then decided to sleep on the idea. Afterall, I was exhausted, and when one is tired, the world seems a lot worse than it is...right?
Fri A.M. Phone rang at 7:30..delivery people were on their way to drop off new washer.
It's now 11:51 A.M. I haven't been upstairs, yet, to check plants.
If mealy is as bad as they were last night, I just might toss every last plant.
I am FED UP!
After showering leaves, spraying w/Rubbing Alcohol, dealing with ants, I can't take the stress..And, this situation is stressful.
If plants are discarded, I will not replace them. Seriously.
I don't know why so many mealy appeared in a 24-hour period, but the entire ordeal is too much. It's out of my hands.
If it wasn't raining, not to mention, cold,, I'd bring mealy-infested plants out, in a semi-isolated area.
Although I dislike chemicals, last time I went shopping, I bought a bottle of insecticide..an off brand, but it's supposed to kill mealy,, etc.
Problem is, rain will wash off the poison.
Plants include: Hoyas, (20-25,) Purple Heart, Variegated Purple Heart, 4 Plectranthus, 2 Peperomias, TC, Spath, Palm, Gold Fish, Maid of Orleans, Jasmine.
Does anyone know how this happened? Reason/s so many mealy appeared in 24-hours?
Two windows were opened Weds. Could sudden high temps have something to do with it? Humidity?
I assumed these plants were under control. Boy, was I wrong!
Thanks for listening. Should I get the trash bags?