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Your camellia looks gray after an aphid attack? Learn how to take care of it today. In this sequence, Jacques, one of the experts from the Plant Clinic, helps you to cure black spots on the camellia leaves. Follow the illustrated explanations of our expert, on video!
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<< Bonjour. Dans mon jardin, j'ai remarqué des taches noires sur les feuilles de mon camélia. Que faire ? >>
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Auscultation and diagnosis
If the rose is the queen of plants, the camellia is the emperor of the gardens. Plant among plants, the camellia is however not immune to possible inconvenience from nature. A blackish, sticky sheet may appear on their leaves. This black spot is commonly called sooty mold. It is a cluster of fungi that settles after an aphid attack. These insects reject honeydew, a sweet substance that promotes the development of fungi. The sooty mold is simply unsightly, it is not harmful to the plant.
Since sooty mold is the logical result of an aphid attack, the best way to protect the camellia is to control aphids. Like any gardener, you know that ladybugs hunt these insects. So consider installing a ladybug nest in your garden. Just give them a boost and the ladybugs will do the rest to keep your camellia looking good. Nature is well made, isn't it? You too, ask your questions at The Plant Clinic!