Judy asks Annie:
Q I’m hoping that you might help me identify something that one of my violets has picked up. I’m really nervous that it could be the dreaded INSV. And just so you know, I have also been fighting a mild but persistent case of mildew for the last several months, so this plant has been misted a few times with Lysol. I have had this violet for quite a few years but beheaded it a few months back and re-rooted the crown. In the meantime I have bagged it, removed it from my growing area and it is very close to the garbage can. Any advice would be much appreciated.
I’ve attached a picture of the whole plant that I took the same day as the other photos. You can see that if you don’t look too closely for the 3 bad leaves it doesn’t look too bad really. I beheaded it. pulled of a bunch of lower leaves and repotted it in a 3″ pot back in Oct. It’s a small standard noid so I would have likely moved it to a 4″ eventually. I have since put it in the garage and will likely just dispose of it as I do have a baby of it and it’s not one of my particularly special ones. But I’m much more concerned for the rest of the clan. Aside from fighting with the mildew I’m hoping I don’t need to worry about anything more sinister.
As an aside, I live in Ontario, Canada and we are quite restricted as the chemicals we can use here. For instance we can’t get Immunox or even Neem oil.
Let me know if you need to know anything else. And many thanks for your help.
A Judy – Don’t worry.
I checked with Joyce and it is as I thought – nothing serious! Yay! Here is what Joyce confirmed:
“She does not need to worry about INSV. The netting mark may possibly be chilling from her treatment with Lysol. Similar netting appears with cold water on leaves or with cold water when watering. The yellowing leaf with the bruising could be repotting injuries. It’s not insects or disease. I would just remove the damaged leaves and let the new center leaves grow.”
I hope this helps,
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