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This is a discussion on Alarmed! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I just noticed an orangy powder -ish substance between the overlap of the leaves on ...

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    I just noticed an orangy powder -ish substance between the overlap of the leaves on my dend. burana sunshine.

    And I can remember that somwhere I read to wipe below the leaves with a tissue and if it marks orange then it is probably some kind of bug........

    I tried to make a picture of it but the visible part is so tiny and squeezed between the cane and leave that it is impossible.

    Should I be alarmed? What can this be? Is this normal?

    Thanks a million.....AGAIN!!

    Dess.

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    Not normal, probably spider mite. Get yourself some miticide. If you object to chemicals, then try a horticultural oil, such as Neem oil. I used s systemic insecticide when I had spider mite. Killed thos little buggers DEAD.

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    While spider mites are major small, with a magnifying glass they are visible and moving. What you have sounds more like a rust, i.e., mold. You describe it as "powdery" and spider mites aren't powdery. Having said all of this, I guess if you had enough of them collecting in a small location they may appear like a powdery mass. Just my 2 cents worth.

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    Thanks guyz,

    I've kept on searching on this forum for pictures of spider mites and I found out that it does not resemble to what I have now.
    I think you are right Bikerdoc: It think it's like a rust.
    But is this normal and/or harmful?

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    Mold, rust fungal infestations of any kind when they are in the wrong spot at the wrong time may be harmful. I don't know what you may have available in your location to combat this situation. And living in the Caribbean, I'm sure your humidity is pretty high. So first to help with your situation you will have to increase air circulation if they are indoors; outside they probably would be OK. Next, go to a large garden center or a Big Box Store and purchase an anti-fungal spray containing either Chlorothalonil (Daconil) or Myclobutanil (Immunox). Both are available as a ready to use spray or concentrate to be mixed and used with your own sprayer.

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    Haven't seen anything about rust lately, but I recall that the recommended treatment for rust is to get rid of the plant, i.e. there is no cure. And, it can spread.

    Until you're sure what it is or isn't, you probably should isolate it from your other plants.

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    I have successfully treated outdoor molds, which is what a "rust" is with either of the afore mentioned fungicides. I can't imagine treating a chid would be any different. Having said that, Michael, makes a very important comment about isolating the plant from any other as the spores can travel and set up house on another plant.

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