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Philodendron with a problem

Posted by lme5573 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 14, 13 at 15:38

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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RE: Philodendron with a problem

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


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

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


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

Mealie bug?


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

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

thanks


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

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....


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

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


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

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


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

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.


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

Sweet!!

Purp's here!

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


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RE: Philodendron with a problem

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

Thank you, thank you!
Lennie


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