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  Problem ariod photos posted
From: Rosalind Gold <rozgold at pacbell.net> on 2004.07.03 at 17:58:43(11708)
Hi friends:

I've now posted pictures of the problems I'm having with my philodendron leaves. I also posted pictures of a problem I'm having with a dracunculus vulagaris plant that I grew from a tuber. I initially overwatered this plant, but I don't think the problem stems from that -I'm wondering if some kind of pest is responsible for the leaves curling and being so brittle.

Here's the URL of the page with the pictures:


From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2004.07.05 at 13:24:39(11721)
>From: Rosalind Gold
>Reply-To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
>To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
>Subject: [aroid-l] Problem ariod photos posted
>Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2004 10:58:43 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Roz,
A quick note, I looked at the pics. the philo. may have some insect damage (the yellow spots) but you will have to search for living insects or their larvae on the underside of the young leaves or even gently un-roll the extra-young emerging leaves to find the culprits. It may also be a soil problem (too wet, not draining well) so consider this. Concerning the Dracunculus problem, the photo did not show details, but this could also be soil-related OR symptoms of a letahl disease, 'Dasheen-leaf mosiac virus', research this on the net, basically it appears as a sometimes attractive mosiac of markings on leaves, the plant will decline over time and die. It is highly infectious, spread by sap-sucking insects like aphids. Discard the infected plants. Wish I could be of more help!
Good Luck,

From: "Weaver, Bill" <bill.weaver at hp.com> on 2004.07.07 at 23:06:07(11726)
I can't see enough detail to be sure, but on dracunculus vulagaris I get
curled leaf effect when the plant gets more sunlight than it can handle.
discoloration might be sunburn, or it might be mites. In the case of the

mites, look for teeny tiny yellow specles on the leaf and a kind of dry
sheen from their tiny webs. As for control, there are as many possible
ways to control them as there are types of mites. I use one of a variety
miticides but you might want to use Safers soap or some such.

Bill Weaver

From: Rosalind <rozgold at pacbell.net> on 2004.07.13 at 02:07:01(11745)

I just wanted to thank you for your response last week regarding my
"problem" dracunculus - the poor plant has not survived, but that's just
one more learning experience for me - I'll try again with tubers next year,
and see if giving the plants less direct sun (my dragon that perished was
getting a lot) helps - and I may look into some of the more innocuous
miticides (Avid gets recommended a lot to me) as well.

Again, thanks!

-Roz, in Southern California

From: "danny wilson" <mudwasp_ at hotmail.com> on 2004.07.13 at 17:08:16(11751)
giving dracunculus direct sun wont really do anything to them. i live in teh bay area and grow mine in total direct sun and i ahd a 24 inch flower this year. i didnt get a chance to post last week but this time of year is when dracunculus go dormant, i think tahts waht it was. if you plant them in teh shade they will grow towards the sun. dont worry.
-danny wilson
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