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Problems and Pests

Welcome to part 2 of this collection of Salvia divinorum photos. Here you can find images of different problem cases, because sometimes pictures describe more than 1000 words and especially with problems and pests they may be helpful.

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Here some pictures where Salvia divinorum is attacked by pests.
The Outdoor Salvia #1, that is not mentioned here, had problems with slugs.
Salvia divinorum - Thrips 1 Thrips 1
This plants has Thrips. This pest can be a real problem for Salvia divinorum.
The borders from this plant already died. But also some inner parts were damaged.
Salvia divinorum - Thrips 2 Thrips 2
Especially the larva of the Thrips like to eat the leaves.
On this heavily damaged leaf you can see at lot of Tripse-Larva (red encircled) that munch it. They harm the leaves dierectly and inderectly because the wounds are open gates to infections. When the leaf is damaged to much it dies at the plant or simply falls off.
The larva also shit on the leaves. You can see that at the larva in the middle, which has dropped its shitball a short time before.
Salvia divinorum - Thrips 3 Thrips 3
Here also a lots of larva. On my Salvia plants I had at this time only larva but no adult Thrips. But you can see adult ones at Thrips image 7.
Salvia divinorum - Thrips 4 Thrips 4
A heavily damaged leaf. This will soon fall off the plant.
Salvia divinorum - Thrips 5 Thrips 5
This one also shows first signs of damage, that will spread if you dont kill them..
Salvia divinorum - Thrips 6 Thrips 6
On the right leaf you can see silver parts with flashlight. This is where the larva sucked the plant cells. The now empty cells reflect the light better so they look silver.
Salvia divinorum - Thrips 7 Thrips 7
Here some adults Thrips on a strong damages orchid leaf.
The adult animals are around 1 to maximal 2 mm long.
Salvia divinorum - Thripse 8 Thrips 8
Thrips and their demage at closer view.
Salvia divinorum - Thripse 9 Thrips 9
Thrips and their demage at closer view.

Spider mites
Salvia divinorum - Spidermites 1 Spider mites 1
Iiexx. Two Spidermites. These beast prefer other plants when available. But when there are no other plants then they will also eat our beloved Salvia divinorum. When there are a lot of them then they will do serious harm to the plants. They love the warm dry air in the summer so will be a bigger problem at this time of year.
Wet colder climates are not so beloved by spidermites, but prefered by Salvia. So spraying with water and cold air keeps them at least under control.
Salvia divinorum - Spidermites 2 Spider mites 2
Both beast at a closer view. As you can see they love to hide under the leaves. Especially young mites are smaller and not so dark than these two and so not so easy to find.
Salvia divinorum - Spidermites place of lunch Spidermites place of lunch
Here a part of a leaf where the sucked from plant tissue. These mini spiders often leave light parts which you most often can also see on the upper side. Well often you first see the places where they sucked at the leaves and then the spidermites. So I would regulary check the leaves for pests and their traces. At least when they fall off with no reason.
Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 0 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 0
Once a nice plant with big leaves. But already here you can see against the light a lot of spidermites (black spots). Near the border of the leaf are already sucked zones that die.
Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 1 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 1
The complete plant or better the rest of it.
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Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 2 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 2
3 attacked leaves. You can see the yellow zones where the mites sucked plant juices. The leaves are already partly dead.
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Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 3 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 3
Another "pierced" Salvialeaf
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Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 4 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 4
Leaf with dead zones. On the left side a dying tip.
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Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 5 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 5
Salvia leaf with dead zones.
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Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 6 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 6
Heavy sucked leaf
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Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 7 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 7
Here you can't do much - the spiders have won the war.
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Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 8 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 8
Here you can see very well how they build webs around the tips of the plant and around the borders of the leaves. This only occurs when there are a lot of spidermites. In such a state it's difficult to help the plant.
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Salvia divinorum - Heavy Spidermite Attack 9 Heavy Spidermite Attack - Image 9
Here some of the beasts living on/from a leaf.
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Salvia divinorum - Aphids 1 Aphids 1
A lot of aphids on this Salvia divinorum leaf. When the infection became too strong, then the plant only develops small leaves and drops a lot of hear leaves. The only problem with aphids that they disguise very good because of they green color. Killing them is not so problematic.
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Salvia divinorum - Aphids 2 Aphids 2
Two nice aphid families. Nearly too sweet to kill them.
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Salvia divinorum - Aphids 3 Aphids 3
Salvia divinorum - Aphids 4 Aphids 4
Salvia divinorum - Aphids 5 Aphids 5
Salvia divinorum - Aphids 6 Aphids 6
Heavy aphidinfection results often in deformed and rolled leaves.
Salvia divinorum - Aphids 7 Aphids 7
Traffic at the tasty tip.

White Fly
Salvia divinorum - White Fly 1 White Fly 1
Here a white fly beside 3 empty eggs (right).
Salvia divinorum - White Fly 2 White Fly 2
White Fly - closer view.
Salvia divinorum - White Fly 3 White Fly 3
Many, many eggs under a basilikum leaf.
Salvia divinorum - White Flye 4 White Fly 4
White Flies concentrate during couple time under some leaves. There you can and you should get them.
Salvia divinorum - White Fly 5 White Fly 5
White Flies having sex.

Salvia divinorum - Caterpillar 1 Caterpillar 1
Infection by caterpillar may result in major demage.
Salvia divinorum - Caterpillar 2 Caterpillar 2
Not much left.
Salvia divinorum - Caterpillar 3 Caterpillar 3
The End
Salvia divinorum - Caterpillar 4 Caterpillar 4
Huge holes.
Salvia divinorum - Caterpillar 5 Caterpillar 5
Holes by caterpillar. They were smaller than 2cm.

Lack of Water
Here an example how good Salvia plants can deal with lack of water. But this is only possible with plants that are well adapted to normal room air with not so much humidity. Plants under a tent will die in most cases when they are out of water so much because they are much more sensible.
Salvia divinorum - I am thirsty I am thirsty
This poor plant is thirsty after a long hot summer day. Much other plants would die after being in such a state. But this one recovered fully within 3-4 hours after giving her a lot of water.
Salvia divinorum - Recovery Recovery
The same plant like in the picture before but 1-2 hours later. She came up slowly but steady and had no bad after effects from her lack of water.

When moving a Salvia divinorum plant from indoor to outdoor, then direct sun should be avoided, because the plants are not adopted to ultraviolet rays. After a while the plants adopt and can resist UV-light better.
Salvia divinorum - Sunburn 1 Sunburn 1
Burned areas everywhere.
Salvia divinorum - Sunburn 2 Sunburn 2
A closer view on the burned ares.
Salvia divinorum - Sunburn 3 Sunburn 3
Heavy burning

Diverse Problems
Here some more problem cases that are possible.
Salvia divinorum - Stem rot #1 - Image 1 Stem rot #1 - Image 1
This stem has stem rot coming from the top and rotting down. Cutting the bad part away some centimeters below the rot starts also didnt help. Because the stem rot started again from the place where I did the cut.
But at the next photo you can see that such a story can still have a happy end.
Salvia divinorum - Stem rot #1 - Image 2 Stem rot #1 - Image 2
The same stem like on the image before. The stem rot stopped a bit above the next node with a side branch. I cutted the rest of the rotting part and the last bit dried out.
But when luck is not with you then the stem rot continues its way downwards so the side branche would also die because delivery of everything stops. In such a case you should be fast doing a cutting.
Salvia divinorum - Stem rot #2 - Image 1 Stem rot #2 - Image 1
Another plant with stem rot. I wondered why she dropped all here leaves before I found the stem at the base to be brown and soft.
That piece was lost because the rot spreads very fast over the rest of the stem and there were not much nodes.
Cutting away the soft parts dont always help, because it seems to be a kind of infection that may already be spread into the still well doing tissues.
Salvia divinorum - Stem rot #2 - Image 2 Stem rot #2 - Image 2
Here the brown part at the base of the stem at a closer view.
Salvia divinorum - Black spots Black spots
This thin plant has black spots. Because I couldn't find any pests I think its a problem with fertilizers - maybe too much or not enough fertilizers (I think not enough).
Salvia divinorum - Too much fertilizer Too much fertilizer
This plant is quite dark and the leaves has some brown borders and tips. Furthermore the upper leaves are a bit curled. So I think that this plant has gotten too much fertilizers. The plant dropped leaves that were still green.
Salvia divinorum - Brown leaf stem 1 Brown leaf stem 1
At these three leaves you can see the brown stems of the leaves very good.
Salvia divinorum - Brown leaf stem 2 Brown leaf stem 2
Also on this leaf you can see the brown stem.
I had this effect especially after bringing plants indoors after summer. So it is maybe a stress reaction.
Salvia divinorum - Brown leaf stem 3 Brown leaf stem 3
This leaf is still hanging at the plant but already has a brown stem an will be dropped soon.
Salvia divinorum - Brown leaf stem 4 Brown leaf stem 4
This leaf is very soft becase there came no water or nutrients through the brown strem. The leaf dies that way. You can see here that the brown part is very soft and weak.
Salvia divinorum - Brown leaf stem 5 Brown leaf stem 5
This leaf is also still on the plant, but will fall soon.
Salvia divinorum - Red stem 1 Red stem 1
Reddish colored stems should be like on other plants a sign of lack of nutrients. So giving fertilizer should help.
Salvia divinorum - Red stem 2 Red stem 2
Here you can see the red color very well.
Salvia divinorum - Red stem 3 Red stem 3
Red stem and light colored leaves - here you really need some fertilizer.
Salvia divinorum - New lamp 1 New lamp 1
Salvia divinorum under a new CFL (big special energy saving lamp which sends out light that plants can absorb very well) by MaxGrow.
Pitfully this was too much of the good light. The leaves nearest to the lamp (around 1ft) get reddish and even necrotic dead zones on them. Furthermore the borders became black.
This seemed to be a combination of too much light and not enough nutrients. Because one plant recovered very well after adding some fresh soil on top of the old soil and moving it a bit away from the lamp. So it's not a problem with the lamp itself.
Salvia divinorum - New lamp 2 New lamp 2
This leaf is really in trouble and has some necrotic zones.
Salvia divinorum - New lamp 3 New lamp 3
Also this one is quite reddish. Even the young leaves in the background show first signs of red.
Salvia divinorum - Remove fallen leaves Remove fallen leaves
You should collect fallen leaves. Else they might mould on the wet earth. You can use the collected leaves after drying them. They are usually still potent. But when they mould or rot on the earth then they loose their magic.

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