Hi – I just noticed that my otherwise healthy looking Asclepias tuberosa – butterfly weed – has yellow-ish leaves with dark green veins. I would also try spraying the remaining stem with a hydrogen peroxide mix…see the chart linked in the article. Milkweed herbivore: Swamp milkweed beetle Do you know how often I can spray? I would cut all the plants down to the ground and treat the stubs and soil as well as clean all the surrounding surfaces. When it make sense, prune away entire sections of the plant. Most of the species Iâve worked with prefer that âaverageâ blend of characteristics. Propagation of Common Milkweed: Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn or in late winter. Is this something that happens to milkweed? The generic name, Asclepias, was named after . Hi Elana, sounds like a possible fungus…I would remove the affected leaves. Hi Cait, I cut ours back with a hand pruner. what about residue remaining on leaves that they may eat? Do you know what would cause this stunted growth and discoloration? My tropical milkweed is growing beautifully and I started seeing eggs in march but no cats. The black spots on my curassavica look exactly like your picture so I’m going out right now to remove the unhealthy ones. Hi Darby, you have to experiment to find that happy medium where the plants will thrive. The ensuing respiratory failure generally causes death within 24 â¦ It is so odd! I would try them. If an egg is on a problem leaf, you can cut off a small piece of the leaf (with the egg) and place it on a healthy cutting or leaf. Hi Lynne, I’m not a plant disease expert. Disease, pests and problems. I thought it was from the heat and lack of rain this summer, but now I’m going to remove all of the yellow mishapen plants and hope for some healthy ones to come back up. PS…I don’t think it would be toxic to future eggs/caterpillars, but you could always rinse off the plants with water if you are concerned. And how do I treat it? But if itâs sickly, obviously I donât want to do that. Hi Tony, I live in MA and have about 9 growing cars of various ages. I also have some butterfly bushes that have a little bleach looking area, but the milkweed is more worrisome for me. Thanks. Under ideal conditions, Common Milkweed can become 6' tall and spread aggressively, but it is more typically about 3-4' tall. Its been damp lately but the plants have been protected from being rained on directly and I have only been watering them minimally. I watered the soil with hydrogen peroxide earlier this spring (before plants start coming up). Is this a water or soil condition issue? I have searched for problem solving issues but am not sure what to try now. The milkweed in my backyard raised bed is afflicted by this. This sounds like it would be a good idea for you next season. I soak the soil with the solution before plants start coming up. Tropical milkweed is almost all you can find here, but it is suggested that it’s long season may discourage mmigration to their winter sites in Mexico and contribute to the OE problem. This bacterial disease is spread mainly by leaf hoppers and is recognized by yellowing leaves with twisted shapes, and die back of branches. I had about 20 healthy butterflies emerge this spring, but the next 10-12 were all diseased. I’m not positive but it might be leaf scorch from too much sun. Where to See Overwintering Monarchs in California, study the behavior and biology of monarch butterflies. The latter two are particularly destructive as both the adults and nymphs are seed predators. Asked July 5, 2016, 1:09 PM EDT. The other plants in the same bed look fine. Prairie milkweed is native to Iowa. These include the orange milkweed aphid and other small black bugs. I have not used bacteria based fungicides before and don’t know how they would affect monarchs or your local ecosystem. Check out our pests page: Tony. Most of the milkweed plant is edible including its leaves, stems, flowers and the seed pods. In continuous growing regions, tropical milkweed should be cut back periodically so fresh growth can emerge: I started several tropical milkweed from cuttings, and they were doing well until a couple of days, the leaves have tiny white spots and the leaf color is lighter green. Hi Andrea, I don’t know much about specific fungus types, but the techniques listed have worked well to prevent and stop the spread of milkweed fungus in our northern garden. Tony, i sprayed with the 1 tablespoon 3% hydrogen per 8 oz water yesterday. No measures will kill the fungus once it has invaded a plant.Â Soil from potted plants must be fumigated to eliminate the fungus. These cuttings arenât a perfect looking as some of the others but I canât identify what Iâm seeing. Yellowing leaves can be from too much or too little water…adjust water levels to see if this makes a difference. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Despite serious safety concerns, people take swamp milkweed for digestion problems. The leaves at the bottom are dried up and brown. They didn’t get any other calls. Is it dangerous for the caterpillars to eat these leaves? common milkweed. I dug up a large tropical milkweed after last years first frost and it grew beautifully all winter. At least I know what to do next year. Hi Erin, Asclepias curassavica does not ‘contain’ OE spores…they are left on the plants by sick butterflies taking nectar and/or depositing eggs. Any ideas/suggestions on dealing with this problem. There are really only two choices.Â Go outside after 10:00 PM and smash the critters, or use snail bait.Â The bait will not harm the monarch larvae if they are on the plants.Â When the plants get large there is not much of a problem except for very small snails. Hi Barbara, fungus can be a problem with too much moisture or when plants are spaced too close together. So Iâm unsure why after many months itâs begun dying. or is this something that is naturally occurring in the plant? They are Less than 1 Year old. The only cure for leaf miners is to continually remove infected leaves or use a systemic insecticide when the infestation is high. Looking good at 3″ ,tall They seem happy alongside my tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. I have never heard of these leaves potentially hurting caterpillars, but I’ve never found any caterpillars on those leaves either. I need help with my giant milkweed. I have hatched over 90% by protecting them. I noticed I do have some plants with blackish spots and not so nice looking. This can be avoided by bringing in eggs. I live in Fla and have what looks like white barnacles growing on my milkweed. Since milkweed species have varying needs for sun, water and space, pay extra attention to growing requirements. Wear gloves when gardening with this plant to avoid skin irritation. Help! Multiple herbicide applications are often required. Told me he trusted his vendor and told me he had a few calls with problems with the milkweed. The Common Milkweed is a member of the Milkweed Family (Asclepiadaceae). Remove sick leaves– Â Whenever you come across sickly milkweed leaves, remove and discard. I thought of cutting down the plant totally just in case I missed something. Hardy in zones 4-9. Common names vary wildly, so use botanical names when youâre researching. Hi Chris, I use it preventatively. Common milkweed and bloodflower will often self-seed in Hampton Roads and other areas in Virginia, depending upon winter weather. It’s the sort of thing I see when my blueberries need more acidic soil – sclerosis. My swamp milkweed leaves turned purple towards end of summer, then yellow, then red, and now they are falling off. You can collect your own seed or purchase seed or plants to add to your garden, or any landscape in your community. Is it a light dusting or a drench? I was going to dig up most of their milkweed and transplant it. In the spring I lost over 40 and called the first nursery. A native plant in central and eastern North America, Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) blooms during the summer. I would removing the affected leaves and then spray the other leaves with the hydrogen peroxide mix listed in the post to see if that makes a difference. Wash the plants thoroughly with water to wash off the mites.Â Insecticidal soap helps if the infestation elevates.Â Dust that settles on the leaves encourages mites, so it is best to continually spray the plants with water. One potential bacteria that causes this to happen is: Hi there. I am not sure if the plant is dying, the sun is killing these leaves or if this is normal. Suggestions: I’m not sure what those black dots are but taking some photos and asking around. Native geographic location and habitat. I noticed a monarch butterfly around yesterday. When there’s problem, I remove leaves/stems before they spread, and that has been effective for us. hi Caroline, sounds like it could be a fungus…if supply is low I would just offer them the best of what you have. Hi Emily, ants are monarch predators. This is happening on both our ground-planted swamp milkweed and also on our potted tropical milkweed plants. This develops on the leaves then the leaf yellows and drops off. You have been a tremendous help to me! check out this post to learn more about monarch predators and what you can do to save more monarchs: Hi Tony, is it safe to spray milkweed with a baking soda mixture or would it be harmful to cats. Their waxy shell-like covering camouflages them and protects them from predators and insecticides.Â Scales on milkweed plants can easily be removed by picking or scraping them off.Â Insecticides or soap application are effective only during the juvenile âcrawlerâ stage.Â Systemic insecticide will kill them but the plant cannot be used to feed monarch larvae for about one month. Asclepias purpurascens, commonly called purple milkweed, is a rough, weedy, Missouri native perennial that commonly occurs in dry to moist open woods, dry ridge tops, thickets, glades, prairie openings, stream banks and wet meadows throughout most of the state (Steyermark).It is similar in appearance to common milkweed (A. syriaca), except its flowers are â¦ Milkweed bugs and milkweed beetle are late season pests. If you don’t have milkweed to spare, you can transplant what you remove: How To Successfully Transplant Milkweed with Taproots. Could I have maybe just beat them up a bit too much when I was washing them? It has never developed into a serious issue, so I don’t believe it’s a fungus/disease. I suspect they came from the same butterfly and the sae thing would have happened in the wild, but it’s horrible to watch. It flourished this way. Happy Raising! Hello! If I water my milkweed plant (from the base) it turns yellow, if I dont water it wilts. This strategy has worked well to keep our milkweed patches healthy and ready to support monarchs. The brown chrysalises can be a bacterial infection. I’ve never heard of fungus spreading like this. May cause problems at harvest time. Hi Ralph, I only spray plants after I’ve checked for eggs and caterpillars. Common milkweed is the Asclepias species best adated to disturbance, so it has increased whereas other milkweed species declined. I don’t think it would hurt eggs, but I would suggest testing it out before spraying them in mass…. Tony, I’ve been concerned about my milkweed leaves turning purple and dropping off. The pheromone bag is a great idea; Iâve never seen any to buy. Thrip Damage to Leaves (click the image for a larger view). The problem, again, is not enough milkweeds! The extremely fragrant blooms attract and benefit many pollinators. I am learning that the Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) contains a protozan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha that kills off the monarchs and the caterpillars. I then asked if anyone else had called with the same problem. We remove any problem leaves and treat soil preventatively with hydrogen peroxide which has worked well for us. How do I know if the cuttings are ok for these caterpillars? But as spring arrived, the leaves started looking sickly. Common milkweed, A. syriaca Broadleaf milkweed, A. speciosa Narrow-leaved milkweeds, including verticillate-leaved milkweeds, primarily cause symptoms involving the nervous system, such as colic, tremors, and incoordination. I try and let the caterpillars do it, but in areas where there is rust the stem just seems to die. (However, it is less aggressive, and therefore a more manageable plant in the garden, than common milkweed.) Did you soak the dirt or just spray on top of it? Milkweed gets its name from the milky sap contained in its leaves and stems. Remove sick leavesâ Whenever you come across sickly milkweed leaves, remove and discard. was it the 1 tablespoon of 3 % for each cup of water? Two different nurseries for my 5 gallon mildweed (tropical) plants. What can I do to prevent this without hurting the plant or cats? I wonder what the issue is. Funguses are often the result of too much rain or watering. For appointments and information please call (760) 599-7228 or send an e-mail to [email protected] Of course as a Purdue entomology grad i think they are the best. I don’t spray h202 on eggs/caterpillars so I can’t say for sure if it would harm them. Thanks for your time. They have basically “keeled over” on a branch and died. Is this fungus? Any suggestions? Of course, they accept no responsibility and told me they know nothing about caterpillars etc. 2. If you cut back the burnt foliage, new growth should appear healthier…good luck! Hi Renee, this is how swamp milkweed goes out every season. I would research thoroughly…good luck! It doesn’t appear to be either a fungus disease or bug related, although at this point, I’m just not sure. Hi Tammy, I would just removed the affected leaves. My success rate is really good. Any suggestions? Hi Gail, I use the mixing chart for sick/fungusy plants: Sounds like Kathy had a combination of problems. Is there something I can use to wash the milkweed, a mild solution of ??? The problem is compounded by evidence that Mexican milkweed plants that survive a mild winter can host a deadly protozoan parasite called â¦ I tried the peroxide, but this is really bad and it did not help at all. Which ratio would that be? Oddly- my neighbors yard has become overgrown with this same type milkweed which were healthy until this past week the leaves have a silvery blackish spotting along them. ? Will this dilute spray harm them if some hits them by accident? Itâs helpful to have a diverse selection of native milkweed and flowering plants, but avoid tropical milkweed ( A. curassavica ). He leaves look healthy otherwise. ), I notice one of my milkweed plants is growing yellow leaves at the bottom. The causes of the caterpillars deaths are all different. Plants affected by this should be immediately removed and discarded. Does that affect the caterpillars negatively if later, eggs are laid on the plants and caterpillars eat the leaves? Typically, it can be found along roadsides and fields. Suggestions: If left for the leaf hoppers, they’ll quickly spread the bacteria to other plants in the vicinity. I would not spray while they are present. I would post your photo in a facebook group like this: My swamp milkweed plants has reddish/purple edges on some of the leaves. Perennial milkweed. I grew my seeds in 8 “cow pots” sitting in a plastic container sitting on heat mats and all under lights. Those little beggars will crawl up your arm and bite like chiggers and will drive you crazy for a day. Itâs been all day now and theyâre slow to munch. Hi Maureen, whenever your treating plants with anything whether it’s a pesticide or considered monarch-safe, it’s always good idea to apply when there are no monarch eggs or caterpillars on the plant. Thanks! If the fungus is really bad, i’m not sure what option you have besides cutting back plants. I sprayed the other plants with insecticidal soap and it seemed to help. They’re not planted very close together. He was as upset as I was. However, milkweed is an important food source for the Monarch caterpillar. Thanks. I would like to try the hydrogen peroxide/water spray (I read thru the instrux) and BUT I’m not totally clear: can I do this while caterpillars or eggs may be present? During the season, I never spray any foliar treatments on milkweed because monarchs use their feet and head to detect whether a plant is milkweed. It can also prevent another common fungus that causes milkweed to wilt and die. Please help, I still have 2 cages with cats. Is there a way to send you an electronic picture. The problem â¦ And do you know how much to spray on the ground. 4. Common milkweed is an erect, native perennial herb with milky sap. Planting local milkweed species is always best. 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