Butterfly Garden

Published: May 04, 2010

 

The caterpillar stage of the monarch butterfly feeds on milkweed plants. As land is developed and milkweed populations diminish, the monarch butterflies habitat is lost. We can rebuild this habitat by planting milkweed seeds in our gardens.  Or you can just go to your local nursery and pick up a few plants.  Their seeds will fly around your yard, and soon you will have these beautiful flowers and many butterflies around your home.

 

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Scale on your Sago Palm

Published: May 02, 2010

 

Most Sago palms are susceptible to the Cycad Aulacaspis Scale.   The Cycad Aulacaspis Scale is an insect that attaches itself to the plant. Untreated, the Sago palm will become severely infested with this scale and become completely covered and eventually killed by the scale. 

Joe recomends using Organicide.  Summer or Dormant Oil spray will work as well.  These are only temporary solutions.  Once your Sago has scale, it will forever have scale.  You can spray to control it, it will go away for a while, but it will be back!  So, if you want to keep your Sago’s, you will always have to check on it and Spray when it needs it.

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Fungus killing our Palm Trees

Published: May 02, 2010

 

Lethal Yellowing

Lethal yellowing is a disease first noticed in the Caribbean region of North America about 100 years ago. However, it was not until the 1950s and a devastating outbreak in Jamaica and the Florida Keys that the economic consequences of lethal yellowing were recognized and intensive research begun.

It is most common in Coconut and Christmas Palms. Lethal yellowing is transmitted by the leafhopper bug Myndus crudus. The leafhopper feeds on an infected palm and ingests the phytoplasm. Once it has fed on an infected palm, the leafhopper can infect other palms that it feeds on.

The earliest symptom is a browning, then later a blackening in the inflorescence. The inflorescence is the name for the cluster of flowers that eventually grow into coconuts. Once the inflorescence starts discoloring, the palm is almost surely affected with lethal yellowing.

Later there is heavy coconut fall and a premature browning or yellowing of the fronds. The coconuts will fall off in greater numbers than usual and they may have a water soaked appearance. The fronds will turn brown or yellow from the oldest growth first and then eventually the newest fronds in the center will turn completely brown.

You must start an antibiotic inoculation program for the treatment of lethal yellowing. There is a method called the  Classic Molders method. This involves drilling a hole into the trunk and inserting a hollow case with a silicone seal on one end. The oxytetracycline antibiotic is then injected into the casing using a hypodermic needle. This method has been shown to be far superior to the old method which uses a plastic cup placed onto the trunk of the palm.

The injections need to be continued throughout the life of the palm. If the injections are stopped, the symptoms will re-appear.

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Ficus Whitefly

Published: Apr 30, 2010

Ficus Whitefly

A New Pest in South Florida.

Does your Ficus hedge look sick?  If you think the frost has damaged your Ficus, think again. They are dying , and you don’t even know it. If your Ficus has lost leaves and the leaves are not coming back, you have an infestation of White Fly’s!

Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking juices from them causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death.

The leaves of ficus trees infested with whiteflies begin to turn yellow before the leaves are dropped from the plant. Ficus trees without their leaves are one of the most obvious symptoms of a whitefly infestation.

If the foliage is disturbed the small, white gnat-like adult whiteflies can be seen flying from the foliage. The adult whitefly resembles a very small moth with a yellow body and white wings with a faint grey band in the middle of the wings. Immature stages (eggs and nymphs) can be found primarily on the underside of the leaves. Prior to adult emergence, the nymphs are tan to light green discs with red eyes. The underside of infested leaves look like they are dotted with small, silver or white spots which are actually the empty “skin” of the pupae after the adult emerges.

The new Ficus Whitefly can be treated by using a contact insecticide on the foilage & a systemic drench on the root system.

If you do nothing, your Ficus will die.

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