I have a strawflower plant (container) that seems to be struggling a bit. The plant itself is very healthy and I have some fully blossomed flowers. However, most of the budding ones are dying when they are still quite tiny. As a result, I have far fewer blooms overall. I have grown these many times before and typically by this time of the summer I have so many blooms that I frequently cut them for drying and to encourage further growth. I am truly stumped and frustrated. Any suggestions or ideas? Btw, the ones that have opened are healthy and beautiful. They are still closing at night and opening each morning and seem quite hardy. It is just the newest ones that are not surviving.
Open up one of the buds and look for tiny bugs inside. These would be thrips - they're usually black, but they can be whitish. Thrips of many kinds are getting more and more common. Since you have grown these many times, the problem is apparently not cultural, so this would be the first thing I would look for. This article has some advice: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/controlling-thrips.htm
I have just picked lots of my straw flowers. I pinched them off, and they are laying on a over sized sheet to dry out, but the ones that were in full bloom are molding............... Sad to see this. What did I do wrong? Should I be cutting them on the stem and hanging them?? Phyllis
Yes, hanging them would be a better option, unless you can get a screen to lay them on. They really need air to get to all sides, or they will rot.
I bought a strawflower cactus, I bought it in December and it’s now January and I have it on my kitchen bar and it has white stuff all throughout it and is super squishy. I don’t know what happened or if I can salvage it!
It looks like there were some blooms forming, or had died off. You can remove these, and try adding a capful or peroxide when you water next. It could have a soil infection. Just be sure to let the soil dry out fully in between each watering.
Here is an article that will help as it is a very closely related cactus, and will have the same care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/old-man-cactus/old-man-cactus-care.htm
I discovered white things in my plants(mostly in strawberries) Are these dangerous? What should i do? I would be glad if you help.
Yes, you appear to have an infestation of Thrips.
Neem Oil is a good treatment.