In this edition of GTupdate, our heroes on the Green Team obtain some professional advice from Bill Hislop, the University horticulturalist. Bill accompanied us around Scott Library as we did a visual survey of the greenery.
Bill was very helpful, he told us how to re-pot some of our tippy dracenas on the first floor. He looked over the balcony plantings and diagnosed some issues with under and over-watering, root growth and pests. He provided us with recipes for treatment of the leaves and gave us an indication of what we could do to help the plants at this time of year, and what should wait until Spring.
Aphids, mealybugs and trash, oh my!
Bill identified the furry residue we had been noticing on the balcony plants as the dreaded mealybug. It had attacked all of the vines on the balcony and was thriving so much there wasn’t enough space on the vines and they had started moving to the Peace Lillies …and according to Bill they don’t even like them. As we looked around we saw that it the infestation was very bad in spots, viz:
Bill diagnosed the aphid problem on the bougainvillea in the atrium and demonstrated proper techniques for trimming and cleaning of leaves. We asked him about suggestions for what to plant in the empty spots on the balconies.
We’re grateful for Bill’s time and glad to know we are on the right track with our plant clean-up!
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The Green Team.