clear gell like balls on bottom of okra leaves

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  1. vancanjay

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    i'm sure something fun is about to hatch but I have what looks like small clear gel beads on the bottom of my okra leaves in the greenhouse. They are not on anything else? Any ideas on what they may be and if I should try to spray them off?
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Slug eggs?
     
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    Maybe, but they are not in masses. They are also not on other plants?
     
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    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    Is your greenhouse heated? if not it could be that your watering to much.
     
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    It's not heated - what would be the cause of these "balls" and why only on the okra?
     
  6. Anne58

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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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    These are natural for the okra plant. The clear little balls are normal for an Okra plant. They are a sign of a healthy plant.These are sap produced by the plant to attract beneficial bacteria to the leaves for better disease resistance and plant nutrition. :)
     
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    Hooray! Thanks for the answer!
     

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