I've got a hanging basket with Wave Petunias from a nursery.
I noticed this year that the petunias are sticky--like from sap(one
they are secreting). When I dead head them the dead flowers all stick
to the sap all over my fingers. I don't know if that was always true
of petunia. I don't recall that on last year's wave petunias from
There are little white things stuck all over the leaves & stems. I
thought they were a really bad infestation of some tiny bug, but none
of them move. Now I realize they are dead bugs stuck to the leaves.
Closer examination and I found the live green ones, less than 1/16 of
an inch long. They cluster with young on the underside of the flowers.
Looks like many, many of them have died in the sticky leaves and
I don't have my camera this week so I tried scanning a leaf--poor
resolution--but here's as close as I can get.
I hadn't heard of any pests for petunias. Anyone familar with this?
The petunias are very full so they may be getting too crowded and
encouraging the bugs.
Also the Blue Wave (a purple) have
splashes of white developing on them--as if I spilled bleach on them.
?Any ideas why?
DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email)
Zone 6b/7, Westchester Co, NY, <1 mile off L.I.Sound
2nd year gardener