Bird Of Paradise Plants
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black blotches on leaves of bird of paradise

Zone Florida | Ralph Johnan added on May 20, 2015 | Answered

Recently planted bird-of-paradise in a large pot in a sunny part of my yard. There are now black blotches on the leaves.

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shelley
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Answered on May 20, 2015

The black blotches are most likely sooty mold which means you have an insect infestation (either aphids, scale, mealybugs or whiteflies). I would inspect your plant thoroughly for signs of insects. I have included links to articles below that will assist you in finding the culprit and provide you with a course of treatment:

Sooty mold:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm

Insects:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/homemade-aphid-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/control-plant-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/whitefly-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/mealybugs-control.htm

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