Due to the exceptionally warm winter, or exceptionally studly plants, the roses on my balcony survived. But one of the bushes looks kinda… odd…
See? There’s a white powder thing going on, and there seems to be a lot of spider web action going on, too. But mainly around the buds.
So is this a disease of some kind? Or is it environmental? They’ve been renovating the neighbouring house the last few weeks, and there’ a lot of white dust flowing around everywhere.
But I do think it looks kinda diseased.
Should I get rid of the roses? I had kinda assumed that they would die during the winter, so I would plant vegetables there this summer…
As I’m sure you all remember, in the last terrifying chapter of this story, I found that the white fluff had spread to another room.
During the Xmas holidays, I visited my mother. She’s brilliant with all kinds of plants and stuff, so I showed her the pictures of the aloe armageddon. She said: “Are you sure that’s a fungus? It might be some kind of insect.” I said “Sure I’m sure! Nothing moved! I didn’t see anything insectey. Just the fluff! Mooooomm!!!”
It’s spread to another aloe.
And guess what.
See those little green things? I think those are some kind of insect.
Are there any apartments for sale nearby that I can move to? Hm? Hm?
As all y’all remember clearly, some kinda weird white fungus attacked a pretty big aloe and killified it totally.
But look! This plant was totally OK just a couple weeks ago:
It’s spread! To a different room! But it’s still only attacking aloes.
And, eww. It’s leaving this grey residue on the sill:
I think I probably should throw away all aloes I have…
And scrub down.
Well, I had to replace the aloe that the fungus ate.
I think that’s an aloe, another aloe, and a sansevieria. I have no idea what the grassy swampy thing in the back is.
So you can lead a horticulturalist to water…
In the previous part of this series, we learned that a couple of plants had been invaded by white dust, which is probably a fungus. Of some kind.
I threw out the main offender, cleaned the area, sprayed anti-fungal stuff on the other plants nearby, and scrubbed down like in one of those horror movies.
I continued treating the affected plants religiously, day by day, wiping fungus and spraying Atamon. Or, to be more precise, and perhaps slightly more truthful, I kinda forgot (or suppressed; my False Memory Regression Therapist might help me with that one) the entire issue, and weeks (months?) kinda passed by.
So the other day I had a look at the remaining plants in that window:
Eek! Infested! And the plant looks like it’s collapsing:
It used to be all healthy and stuff.
I’ve now thrown that one out, too, and scrubbed down again.
No more new plants until this is under control! I mean, except for these I just bought:
That’s a … er … let’s see. I’m gonna guess aloe, crassula and the last one is, of course, some kind of sansevieria.
I’m not really the most observant person in the world. However, having this escaping my attention is a pretty big achievement.
But today, while watering the plants, I noticed something odd on one of the aloes:
Some white fluffy things on the leaves. Hm. Then I looked further down:
Lots more! And the soil! More fluffy white mold!
Infected! And behind the potted plant?
Dear Interwebs, what is this? And what’s the best way to deal with this? Should I kill it with fire, before going into one of those scenes you see in the movies when somebody has detected something yucky (i.e., scrub my skin in the shower until it bleeds)?
Or is there a less drastic solution?
I can just throw away that aloe, but I see that it’s spread to the plant next to it:
And that’s a huge one that I’m not that keen on throwing away.
Another winter over. Unfortunately, I kinda forgot to wrap the rose bushes in December, so there was a mass die-off.
The green bit is a weed.
More weed. The dry dead thing over there is Heidi Klum. Ba-dish. Yeah, that’s the name of the rose. And it’s dead. Boo-hoo.
Anyway, I’m giving it another go, and this time I’m gonna wrap like I’m in De La Soul and it’s 1989.
I give this project a 0.2 chance.