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small, orange bug on my Martha Washingtons.

Posted by sunlander 9b (My Page) on
Mon, May 7, 12 at 20:12

Can anyone tell me what the small, light orange bugs with some black markings are on the leafs of my Martha Washingtons? These are a little smaller than ladybugs and not as round. They don't appear to move very much. I've not noticed any damage to my plants as yet. I don't see them on any other nearby plants.

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RE: small, orange bug on my Martha Washingtons.

I don't know about the bugs, but where are you? I am in Houston and want to grow a Martha Washington, but a lot of geraniums don't do well here in the long run.

RE: small, orange bug on my Martha Washingtons.

eahamel, I'm in Sunland, CA, which is in a Los Angeles County foothill area. I just found that I'm in zone 10a (Sunset's zone 19). We have hot summers with low humidity here and winters haven't dropped to freezing in several years.

I would think you could grow Martha Washingtons easily in Houston as long as your winters are mild.

I planted mine where they are getting 6-7 hours of hot afternoon sun each day. That was before I read that they don't like afternoon sun, but they are looking great while some of the other nearby plants have scorched a bit. I planted them in well draining, sandy soil, which I added lots of compost to and mulched with cedar bark.

I have ivy geraniums also, but I find MWs easier to grow. They seem to be working as a perennial here, as I've had them for over two years now.

BTW, the little orange bugs have disappeared for the summer at least. They didn't eat much at all.

RE: small, orange bug on my Martha Washingtons.

Thanks for the info. I see them in nurseries every fall, and will get one. I'm going to plant a large pot with some pelargoniums and geraniums, and can move it into the garage if it gets too cold anytime this winter. I have a hard time keeping the regular geraniums for more than a year.

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