mehetabelle(z8/9 CA)February 18, 2006

Repotting a daphne I just got from the nursery (Home Depot, not a fancy place), I find just under the main stem a mass of translucent yellow 'pearls.'

Are these some sort of baaaad insect lavae, goood larvae or a man-made aid to the roots or something?

Carefully scraped them off, replace ALL the soil and potted. Plant seems fine.

What was that stuff and should I put it back?

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Not a fancy place, not a nursery. Slug eggs? Osmocote?

    Bookmark   February 18, 2006 at 3:42PM
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northtexasgirl(z8 FTW)

It's Osmocote.


    Bookmark   February 18, 2006 at 4:45PM
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Hi Mehetabelle - the scent must be heavenly. Another plant to add to my never ending wish list.


    Bookmark   February 20, 2006 at 7:59PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

Kasie....you can grow gardenia and jasmine. I'm sure I'd trade Daphne for either of those. (though I am going to try a gardenia next year in my garden!)


    Bookmark   February 26, 2006 at 9:51PM
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Hi Chills - sounds great.


    Bookmark   February 27, 2006 at 8:06PM
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mehetabelle(z8/9 CA)

Thanks for the messages. My repotted Daphne, sans 'pearls,' is doing GGGGGreat! Putting out lots of new leaves, even lower down on the stem -- already looking like a bush. Not bad for $7.

Speaking of gardenia, I don't know why the message thread of suicidal gardenia is so popular. I stuck some of the pruned tips in soil last summer and now I have about 6 little gardenias (Veitchii).

    Bookmark   March 11, 2006 at 1:40PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

Probably because you're not trying to move a potted gardenia in and out of the house year after year hoping to trick it into believing that it doesn't live in a cold climate.

I've got one, a Mystery Gardenia, that I have had for 3 years. Each year it looks great until just after the first of the year and then it starts browning out from the bottom up. As long as I get it outside before all the leaves die, it makes a complete come back (though this one has not bloomed for me yet). I had another that managed the move for 3 years (and bloomed), but one year it browned right to the top and (even though the stem still scratched green) it died.

Mehetabelle...the pearls were depleated Osmocote, a time release fertilizer encased in a degradable shell. I like to pop them, personally.


    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 9:52PM
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