What pest is attacking my lotus? (pics)

mishon(z8a/b TX)May 23, 2011

I have been in the hospital since March, and recently came home to find my 'temple dancer' lotus in HORRIBLE condition, all the leaves brown and string algae covering the water. At first I assumed it had dried out but upon close inspection I found husks of some sort all over the stems of the leaves.

Any ideas?

Its planted in a small round planter with water covering the clay by about 1 to 2 inches. I had relatives and my husband on duty to take care of my plants while I was out, but considering the similiar condition of my orchids, it was very likely neglected for the most part.

Thanks in advance!

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My, what a shame. I don't know what it is, but hope someone can
help you.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 6:22AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

Wow, that is horrible. I can't ID it either. Sorry.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 3:17PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

I'm wondering if its a problem with the soil or water, and the "pests" (what the heck ARE those??) came because the lotus is so ill??
Tell us more about how long you've had the plant, what kind of soil it is, etc. I'm wondering if it did dry out.

(I hope you're well now).

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 7:27PM
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If you have a horicultural center in your area or a knowledgable garden center, I would take a couple of leaves, including the stems, containing those pests to them and enlist their help in dealing with them. I've never seen anything like that before. Put them in a plastic baggie to avoid contaminating other plants when you're transporting it.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 9:24AM
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Sorry, I meant "horticultural". Finger-stutter.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 9:25AM
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LOL at nancy's typo!!!!! Seriously almost spit my coffee out.

Here's a link to a pic that looks like what you have.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 11:13AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

Wow, Goodkarma, I think you may have found the answer. I'm trying to grow lotus this year from seed so I am grateful for any hints of problems that might come up. Thanks, where did you find that picture?

Nancy, I'm afraid I had a giggle at the typo, too.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 9:36PM
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mishon(z8a/b TX)

Thanks everyone! Goodkarma, I am positive that the waterlily aphid is the culprit, it looks exactly like what I am seeing. Thank you so much for the link. Thankfully no other plants have been affected.

Thanks again to all!!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 11:02PM
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