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Post  countrynaturals on 7/27/2016, 2:19 pm

I know milkweed isn't a veggie to most of you, but my little caterpillars have a different point of view. Razz I noticed that one of my potted milkweed plants looked variegated, but I ignored it (stupid!  Evil or Very Mad). Now these yellow leaves are spreading to a large section of my crop. Is there something I can to to cure it without destroying monarch eggs and cats, or must I pull them all out? (I tried doing a Google search but everyone thinks I mean aphids and this has nothing to do with them.) Mad
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/27/2016, 4:20 pm

Hmmm... have you tried calling your area Extension agent?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/27/2016, 4:20 pm

I'm not finding anything online either. Can you email your photo to your extension office pronto?

Also, dumb question (sorry coz I know nada about this), but are you sure that's milkweed? The photos I'm seeing have pointier leaves.

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Re: Yellow Spots on Milkweed and Spreading

Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/27/2016, 7:29 pm

Me either, Suzy.  Looks like disease to me, which makes me want to tell you get it away from your other milkweeds and get the cats/eggs etc. off that/those affected and relocated.  It does not look like healthy eats for our pals.  

Nothing comes up when I search.  Weird.  Could it be a deficiency?  Calcium?  Jeez, if anything should be resistant to dietary deficiency, something with WEED in the name should be!???!!!!  Call your extension dudes.


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Post  countrynaturals on 7/27/2016, 11:43 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Me either, Suzy.  Looks like disease to me, which makes me want to tell you get it away from your other milkweeds and get the cats/eggs etc. off that/those affected and relocated.  It does not look like healthy eats for our pals.  

Nothing comes up when I search.  Weird.  Could it be a deficiency?  Calcium?  Jeez, if anything should be resistant to dietary deficiency, something with WEED in the name should be!???!!!!  Call your extension dudes.
I have a friend in the Bay Area who also gardens and raises monarchs. I sent her the pic. If anyone knows, she will. I've never contacted my extension office, but I will also try to figure out how to do that, tomorrow. It will be interesting to see what their attitude will be about saving a weed.
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Post  sanderson on 7/28/2016, 2:48 pm

Is it safe to spray with a milk solution around the butterflies/cats/cocoons?

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Post  countrynaturals on 7/28/2016, 4:57 pm

@sanderson wrote:Is it safe to spray with a milk solution around the butterflies/cats/cocoons?  
Milk should be safe and I don't have any cats on them right now. I destroyed every infected leaf and plant this morning, but if I missed any, I'll try milk. I did spray fungicide on one and brought it in the house to watch it (where no monarch could find it). I'll keep in quarantined for a week. If I don't see any more spots, I'll wash it off and put it back in the garden. My only concern is if I get slammed again like I did last year, with dozens of starving cats and my supply of milkweed now down a third of what I should have. Trouble is, there's no telling until it's too late. This is soooooo frustrating. I did everything right and was totally prepared for the onslaught, and now this.  Evil or Very Mad
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/28/2016, 6:17 pm

I bet your extension agent will be all in.  This is becoming a green initiative to provide habitat and food for natives.
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