help! there are bugs/yucky larvae things all over my succulent (the white things) should I be worried ? what should I do ?
These nasty little dudes are called “mealy bugs”. They are probably the most common pest among succulents. They chew through a plants skin and eat their sap. These little holes leave gaps in the plants defenses, and can become infected.
A single female can lay between 300-600 eggs that take 10 days to hatch. Their nests look like little cotton balls that lay in the joint between the leaf and stem. They are very mobile and can spread to other plants in your collection, so make sure to check them, too.
Here is how I treat infestations on my plants. They’re pretty resilient to pesticides, so you have to go in and manually remove them. I use q-tips dipped in antiseptic to wipe them off. Make sure you remove any bugs you find, and their nests too, or they can repopulate. The younger ones look exactly like the adults, but can be much much smaller, so if you have glasses wear them. Again, check your other plants to make sure they haven’t spread.
Also if the plant is tough enough to handle a little roughhousing a good soap-water attack is good against these buggers. Just have a squirt bottle full of water and some detergent and COVER the leaves/stems with the spray (just remember to avoid the soil and roots since the plants can’t tolerate it on their roots that well), then after 10 or 15 minutes of letting the concoction soak in, wash off the soapwater with a gentle wash of lukewarm water (while yet again, making sure that the soapwater doesn’t wash into the roots). It often takes more than one session to kill them all as the eggs often survive the soap attack but it does a pretty thorough job!
I did that trick with my Hoyas a couple of years ago when I had an infestation start, and it worked pretty effectively.
The castor bean plant in all its spiky glory.
I planted it late, from a small, rootbound cup. Alas, the short growing season did not allow it to become massive and glorious.
If I get the opportunity to grow these plants again, they will get their own planters with premium soil and lots of love.
It would also be nice if the neighbor kids didn’t destroy them next time.
Maybe you’ll get lucky and your plant will set seed in time before the first frost so you can do it again!
Are they capable of self-pollination? The pollen is long gone, it was below the big spiky lady plant parts. I tried to kinda sprinkle some of it up there, but I think the aphid-farming ants probably tracked some around too. I dunno, I suppose we’ll see ^^
If what I have seen on google is true, yes they are very much self-pollinating. Seems that the flowers are generally wind-pollinated according to what I read. I have my fingers crossed for you that yours goes to seed!
I gave different morning glory seeds to a friend at work for her patio. Looks good, man.
holy plant god yes!
It doesn’t look like much yet, but it will. Hopefully.
It’s hard to believe it, but these are the violets I took from my friend’s lawn in spring. I placed them in their own pots and kept them in a fairly shady place all summer. They got absolutely huge, as is plainly apparent.
Just two weeks ago, I placed a few garlic cloves and the bottom trimmings of some scallions in a pot. In just a short amount of time, they grew a lot of roots and leaves! I am hoping they will have enough time here at the end of the season to store up enough energy to make it through the winter.
Next to the wild violets, onions and garlic are some late-blooming phlox and the tired, blackening daisies.
It’s hard to tell from the picture, but I found a ripe wild violet seed pod today while I was transplanting the violets to their new home.
I picked the pod, and placed it in this jar. Every so often, I hear a little “ting” as another seed is fired out of the pod, hehe.
Damn I didn’t even get to see the Toad Lilies flower yet, or even finish all of my garden projects! Well as usual there is much I could say as well as upload (I have a pile of photographs and no energy to go through them all) from this summer but I’ll have to save it for another time.
I have already moved back to the city apartment with my cat and the majority of the indoor jungle which I hope to make even MORE awesome than ever before (some new additions and some of the senior plants are HUGE)! I hope to post pictures of the indoor jungle redux once I’ve gotten everything settled down, especially when it comes to repotting young plants (the double white African Violets) and sickly plants (my original Pothos vine hasn’t been looking hot) as well as precautionary disinfecting of some plants.
My activity here is likely going to drop since the College schedule is even more overkill than it’s ever been before but I’ll still be keeping tabs on my inbox as well as any mentions with the @ feature (daaaammmiiiiiiiit I’m gonna miss so many plant posts
and yuri on tumbllrrrrr). Admittedly I’m pretty scared of this college year as much of it is more hands on instead of academic (participatory subjects have always been my kryptonite) as well as group work (kryptonite x2 frick. I work best solo or I become overdependeeeent), but I’m keeping as calm as able. I’ve been through scary semesters/programs before, so I’m readier than I would be if I hadn’t done previous college stuff before. Let’s just hope my wake up alarm actually WORKS tomorrow morning lol.
I can’t believe it’s not a jungle!
Oh wait, it is.
Every September, it seems I have the same problems. If you can call them problems. Overgrown tomato plants spilling over my railings, dangling petunias hanging out of my planters, hanging baskets which have outgrown their pots by immense proportions. Oh, and that one random sunflower that snuck in there who has inspired me to grow sunflowers for reals next year.
The soil I used this year is amazing. It’s a local brand, and I fully intend to seek it out again next year.
It will be real fun cleaning all this up come October.
Lovely job! :O
Geranium (peoargonium) petunia, coleus #garden #flower #bloom
The annual wildflower patch (intended to attract bees and butterflies?) is entering its final phase, with the huge marigolds dominating the scene.
Next year will see an expansion of this patch, with sunflowers thrown in. Probably just sunflower seeds from my bird seed, since these would be the most useful to local critters anyway.
I also plan to make a big empty mulched space around the rose bush (granted that it survives the winter) because it was smothered by the wildflowers and stopped growing/blooming.