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Iron Deficiency in the Garden

Iron deficiency (iron chlorosis) is a common problem in Australian gardens and can cause serious problems to plant health and vigour. The symptoms however are easy to both recognise and treat.   Iron deficiency first appears as a ‘veiny’ look on new growth, with a darker green pigmentation retained on the leaf veins and the rest of the leaf developing …

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Tomato & Capsicum Blossom-end rot

disease for tomato & capsicum blossom-end rot

A common ailment with tomato and capsicum is blossom-end rot. This condition just effects the fruit and not the plant blossom or flower. The condition gets its name because the symptoms appear at the ‘blossom end’ of the fruit. The first sign of blossom-end rot is that the end of the fruit becomes off-whitish to brown in colour and takes …

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Fruit Fly

If you’ve ever grown fruit of any kind, especially during spring and summer, you will know that fruit fly can be a real nuisance. However there is an easy solution to help control these pesky insects.   Fruit Fly damage  Here in our hot climate, fruit flies cause a lot of fruit loss from stinging the fruit. It is actually …

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Citrus Gall Wasp – insects on plants

The gall wasp causes swollen lumps in the young stems and branches. The female wasp lays her eggs in the young, soft twigs and as the wasp larvae develop, the plant grows extra cells around the wound. The result is a distorted lump in the branch. The wasps lay their eggs from spring to summer, but the galls are generally …

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Citrus Leafminer – insects on plants

The presence of Citrus leafminer can be identified by the silvery lines it leaves on leaves. These are the tunnels left by the larvae as it ‘mines’ its way through the insides of the leaf. When the larvae are fully grown, they curl the leaf edges and shelter inside the curled section and emerge as adult moths. Leafminers can cause a …

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4 Solutions for common indoor plant problems

SYMPTOM 1 Leaves yellowing with margins Possible cause Soil too dry Solution Water thoroughly. If brown or dense tips and potting mix does not absorb water, apply Searles Penetraide® Re-Wetting Granules and water again. SYMPTOM 2 Leaves gradually pale into yellow and brown, particularly on side nearest to light/window. Possible cause :  Too bright/direct Solution : Sun scorch or light Relocate plant away …

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Scale – insects on plants

Scale are sap-sucking insects which commonly affect home grown citrus, natives, roses, flowers and ornamental shrubs. In severe infestations, the foliage is covered by a sooty black mould. This is because the scale insect secretes a sugary substance that causes the sooty mould to blossom over the foliage. The sooty mould looks terrible but is not an active threat other …

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Aphids – insects on plants

Aphids commonly appear on flushes of new growth and quite often they will only remain on the plant for a short period of time. Generally, if there are predatory insects in the area such as ladybird larvae, the aphids will be kept under control. In severe cases, spray them with Searles Bug Beater, a natural pyrethrum spray. For an organic …

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