Bird Of Paradise Plants

Bird of Paradise Mold/Fungus

Anonymous added on May 19, 2011 | Answered

I have two bird of paradise plants that have a weird mold or fungus growing on the underside of their leaves. It is a white powdery mold that grows in small spots all on the underside. I have looked it up on the Internet but do not know how to really describe it. When we first moved into our house, there were quite a few ants living in the stems. Could that be causing this or could that only be adding to the mold problem? I also have a few shrubs that have a similar looking mold and whenever you brush against them, it looks like little white bugs fly off of them. I am really confused on how to fix these problems. Any help or advice is VERY appreciated.

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Answered on May 20, 2011

Powdery mildew is a fungal disease associated with warm, humid conditions. Plants exhibit white, powdery growth on the undersides of leaves. Treating with neem oil will help. Here is more info:

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