White "powder" on my Roto

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  1. plantchick

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    Hello,

    Please bear with me as I'm new to outdoor gardening and I've found myself with a lot of plants ,and plans but I really don't know anything.

    I have a bad feeling I know the Awnser to this question, but can someone please let me know whats happening to my newly purchased Roto. I grabbed it at the Vandusen sale and it had really pretty pink flowers. and new growth coming.. so I thought it must be "healthy" since seeing the white on this plant I realize I need to find out what this is.

    I was going to replant it into a slightly bigger pot this week, but thought I should figure out what this is first.

    Can you help? What should I do?

    My BIGGEST worry is whatever this could be spreading to the other plants it's been living close to for the last 2 weeks. Yikes! IS this a possibility?

    Thank you so much!
     

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  2. chimera

    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It's just normal for that plant, nothing to worry about. Hairs on the top of the leaf are called tomentosum, and on the underside, indumentum. It's especially noticeable on new growth.
     
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  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Did you just bring this inside for photographs, or are you attempting to grow it indoors?
     
  4. plantchick

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    Well this is a relief! Thank you! I was about to repot it but didn't want to do anything until I had a better idea of what was happening.
     
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    I just brought it inside to get a better look at and take the photos. Also it had a lot of pink flowers that had started to wilt so I wanted to dead head them by the sink. It's living outside on the balcony.
     

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