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Author Topic: Are these white spots on my Okra normal?  (Read 10562 times)
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« on: June 12, 2009, 06:04:43 PM »

There are many time white spots on my Okra plants.  I did some Googling to see what it was and found some other pictures of Okra plants and could see white spots on them too. Nothing I found under diseases and bugs described anything that looked like this so maybe it's normal???  Anyone know for sure???
By the way, the Okra are DELICIOUS!!

Thanks,
Kat


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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2009, 06:55:21 PM »

Is that okra Clemson Spineless? I'm growing Clemson Spineless and I don't have the white spots.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2009, 07:29:54 PM »

It looks like the white spots are not on all of the tissue.  It is a good time of the year for the various scale insects to start moving to new digs.  Are these moving at all?  This of course is just a guess without more definite evidence.   
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2009, 08:56:57 PM »

Is that okra Clemson Spineless? I'm growing Clemson Spineless and I don't have the white spots.
They are Cajun Delight from ParkSeed.
http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/store/TextSearch?storeId=10101&SearchUnion=Y&CustSearchText=5207

Are these moving at all?    
Nope, not moving.  It's like sand - you can wipe it right off.
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2009, 12:48:12 AM »

Just a wild guess here... could it be pollen dust?

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2009, 06:49:32 AM »

We have had a bug showing up in SMS that starts as white mass of cottony stuff (for the lack of a better word) and expands into a mass that will envelope the stem.  The insect itself it reminiscent of a leaf hopper.  Have images out for positive ID. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2009, 08:34:28 AM »

Just a wild guess here... could it be pollen dust?

Mickie

I don't know, guess it could be but it is only on the Okra, not any other plants.

Have images out for positive ID. 

Thanks, I'd love to hear what you find out.
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2009, 01:16:31 PM »

Just a wild guess here... could it be pollen dust?

I don't know, guess it could be but it is only on the Okra, not any other plants.

I meant pollen from the okra flowers getting knocked off onto the leaves?

Mickie
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2009, 08:19:41 PM »

I meant pollen from the okra flowers getting knocked off onto the leaves?

Mickie

Oh, now I get it! Tongue Yea, maybe.  The flowers are so big and beautiful and there is not much on the one plant that was slow to sprout and is smaller than the rest and hasn't produced a flower yet.  I'm going to watch closely and see if once it gets a flower if it then gets the "little white stuff".
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2009, 08:45:05 PM »

I'm growing okra for the first time (only 1" tall right now).
I asked my sister and she says various types of okra have "bumps"
They can be dark bumps, woody bumps, etc.
So maybe it's natural.
Does it rub off? Is it part of the plant?
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2009, 10:08:56 PM »

I'm growing okra for the first time (only 1" tall right now).
I asked my sister and she says various types of okra have "bumps"
They can be dark bumps, woody bumps, etc.
So maybe it's natural.
Does it rub off? Is it part of the plant?

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Nope, not moving.  It's like sand - you can wipe it right off.

Ceasefire, just figured you missed this.

If it's pollen "dust," maybe you need a better vacuum.  Grin

Seriously, I would like to know what it is, too. Let us know if you figure it out.
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2009, 02:33:17 PM »

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Seriously, I would like to know what it is, too. Let us know if you figure it out.
kh63

Yes, I will let you know if I find out.  It's not affecting the Okra and I have lots of bees and ladybugs taking care of things so I'm not too worried, more curious than anything.

Thanks,
Kat
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2009, 04:40:33 PM »

Since I live in Sarasota and am growing okra I decided to check mine (Okra) out, sure enough there are spots on them.  These spots are clear though and not white.  As can be seen in pictures they are on bottom of leaves and on stems.  I picked some off and looked at them with magnifying glass and don't appear to be an alien lifeform, maybe some kind of secretion from plant?


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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2009, 04:48:57 PM »

Since I live in Sarasota and am growing okra I decided to check mine (Okra) out, sure enough there are spots on them.  These spots are clear though and not white.  As can be seen in pictures they are on bottom of leaves and on stems.  I picked some off and looked at them with magnifying glass and don't appear to be an alien lifeform, maybe some kind of secretion from plant?

They look like sap oozing out. Are there any insects that may have made punctures at those points? I'm thinking that the typical sucking bugs left tiny punctures, and the viscous nature of okra fluids has oozed out.

I don't think it's the same problem as originally posted... that was for a sand-like substance easily brushed off the leaf tops.

Mickie
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2009, 05:03:18 PM »

Checking the Internet, I came up with the following:

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Here is a wild guess . . . .

Could it be that sap has oozed out of the leaves and has 'dried' into these little balls? I know that the okra pods have a thick mucus like sap in them. I assume you have checked for any critters that may have chewed into the vein network on the leaves. If they are okay then perhaps the leaves are just 'sweating' sap.

Although I have never seen oozing sap on my vegie plants, my orchid gets beads of sap along the midrib of it's leaves (nice and sweet and the ants love it) and the flowering cherry regularily has large gobs of a gel like substance that seeps out of the bark.

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