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will hydrogen peroxide kill monarch caterpillars

May 4 By Tony Gomez. Do you know if those bacteria based fungicides are safe to use around monarchs? Hi Ashlee, the plant disease shouldn’t affect the caterpillars. I have been wondering what the heck is wrong with my plant! Hi! While DEET may kill aphids on your milkweed, it’s also going to kill monarch eggs and caterpillars. Is it dangerous for the caterpillars to eat these leaves? I want to get ahead of the fungus this year because last year I was far behind. They create a horrible stink, like a stink bug. You can control their population easily. It can be especially bad with curassavica. If you cut back the burnt foliage, new growth should appear healthier…good luck! Hi Wheelz, this sounds like a potential virus (NPV) or bacterial disease. I have not seen any aphids on them or other bugs for that matter. I’m in central Florida. Instead, good management can be simply cleaning up a plant that has been eaten to the stalk by either rinsing thoroughly, or using a bleach mix of at least 10% bleach to water, or hydrogen peroxide with water at a 50/50 rate. Hydrogen peroxide also adds more oxygen to the soil to prevent root rot. This is because the OE spores have a thick spore wall, and can be lodged in the grooves of the egg chorion where they are protected from bleaching. Two different nurseries for my 5 gallon mildweed (tropical) plants. I planted a butterfly and pollinator garden a couple of months ago. Do not compost diseased leaves/stems and risk spreading fungus spores into the soil. No way. I have since removed my other cats onto another plant. This year I’m really confused and scared. You have been a tremendous help to me! I bought a few Milkweed plants so I could attract and photograph Monarch butterflies. This sounds like it would be a good idea for you next season. I have 5 monarch chrysalises safe inside now. I would try them. These often kill the caterpillars just before they pupate, or during the pupa stage. hi Caroline, sounds like it could be a fungus…if supply is low I would just offer them the best of what you have. I’m not sure what triggers it…perhaps cooler temps or less sunlight? I usually remove/discard those leaves and it’s never developed into a serious problem. Does that affect the caterpillars negatively if later, eggs are laid on the plants and caterpillars eat the leaves? About 75% of them seem to be trying to leave the plant. 2. Hi Renee, this is how swamp milkweed goes out every season. Yeah, I'm kinda scared to see what comes out of my buds. Please! This was a very helpful article on fungus. I noticed a monarch butterfly around yesterday. Thin out the herd– if your milkweed plants are crowded, your milkweed patch can become a breeding ground for fungi. I suspect they came from the same butterfly and the sae thing would have happened in the wild, but it’s horrible to watch. Hi Donna, in Minnesota I used the treatment preventatively in the soil before milkweed returns. I though maybe milkweed weevil eggs, but not sure…. Monarch Caterpillars....Beware the Paper Wasp. If left for the leaf hoppers, they’ll quickly spread the bacteria to other plants in the vicinity. However, although Monarch eggs are fairly securely attached, that hard blast of water could dislodge any Monarch eggs or larvae that are hidden on the bottoms of your leaves too! One potential bacteria that causes this to happen is: Hi there. Hi Tony, I live in MA and have about 9 growing cars of various ages. I have a number of butterfly weed transplants that I am trying to sell at a farmer’s market. I put it in a large glass spaghetti jar filled with water and just the leftover loose soil that was on the roots. Because it's so diluted, I don't think it would be an issue for monarch eggs or caterpillars, but you would have to test to know for sure. While there are plenty of insecticides on the market that can kill insects, there is a much kinder approach and a more effective one. I recently bought and planted 4 nice sized Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Deep Red’ – Red Butterflyweed plants. Thanks for all you do. It’s the sort of thing I see when my blueberries need more acidic soil – sclerosis. I seems like the caterpillars also do not like those leaves/plants. Please help, I still have 2 cages with cats. Is this a water or soil condition issue? I’ve been into monarchs for about four years. Hi all, I know that bud washing is a pretty contentious process, but I had a heavy attack from caterpillars (and some bud rot that followed). In the spring I lost over 40 and called the first nursery. I have also noticed that the leaves on some plants (even in other locations) are very small. Yesterday they ate everything and today, I cleaned and replaced food with fresh cuttings from the same found space I’d fed them leaves from before. I can’t find anything that says if this is normal Fall behavior or not (chicago, zone 5b). What's your take on it? I would removing the affected leaves and then spray the other leaves with the hydrogen peroxide mix listed in the post to see if that makes a difference. Or is it not getting enough sun? PS…I don’t think it would be toxic to future eggs/caterpillars, but you could always rinse off the plants with water if you are concerned. hi Meg, if it’s not planted in well drained soil, root rot is a possibility, although i haven’t seen this with tropical milkweed in our northern region. Then you’ve come to the right page…. I don’t want to hurt them.. Milkweed is pretty resilient. It flourished this way. Discussion in 'First Time Marijuana Growers' started by JDubsUp, Sep 9, 2019. My swamp milkweed leaves turned purple towards end of summer, then yellow, then red, and now they are falling off. Last year we encouraged monarchs naturally by growing milkweed outside, but only found three chrysalis in total, experienced LOTS of dead caterpillars, and the milkweed struggled to keep enough foliage for the relentless waves of caterpillars that never seemed to make it all the way through to becoming to a butterfly. Hi Ralph, I only spray plants after I’ve checked for eggs and caterpillars. Because everything is freshly planted, I have hand watered all the new plants (all are drought tolerant plants, ground cover) and not sure if I have too much or not enough water now for the milkweed. Alcohol, however, also is lethal to monarch eggs and larvae, so care must be taken when dabbing. Is there a way to send you an electronic picture. I normally use a pint of Hydrogen peroxide to 3 gallons of weed, and ice and water . So I’m unsure why after many months it’s begun dying. 1. The thought of insect shit in the weed is a major issue for me ,,, I haven't ever dealt with that issue myself .. Spider mites and fungi/mold I have . It can also prevent another common fungus that causes milkweed to wilt and die. Simply: 1. This article mentions using a hydrogen peroxide mix to kill fungus. It does wonders for the aphids. Since these caterpillars like to hide during the heat of the day, they will find their way into and under the burlap bags, making it very easy for you to kill lots of them quickly. I also have seeds I want to plant in the same area. I hope the disease pages link helps you figure out what’s going on…good luck! The cats must be protected from them by putting the branches of milkweed in water and bringing them into a protective shelter with mesh sides and a zipper. I grew my seeds in 8 “cow pots” sitting in a plastic container sitting on heat mats and all under lights. Within the last 2 days I have had several cats die. They’re not planted very close together. Spray well, and rinse well. We have had a lot of rain. All my tropical milkweed has the black spots and then turns yellow. Hi Kelly, that’s way too many caterpillars for one plant. As of this morning I have officially lost over 40 caterpillars again. I then asked if anyone else had called with the same problem. I’m especially concerned because this is only happening to one of my plants, although they do get different amounts of sun exposure. I didn’t see anywhere that talked about how often you can spray. My tropical milkweed is growing beautifully and I started seeing eggs in march but no cats. It is working its way up from the bottom of the plants. Thanks. Spray early next season including the soil before plants emerge…good luck! The extra oxygen molecule (O2) in the soil will help prevent root rot. While I’m not seeing many aphids (the ladybugs are getting them! Insect that kills Monarch Butterfly caterpillars Location: North Central Wisconsin August 1, 2010 7:33 pm My aunt saw this bug killing one of the caterpillars in her garden. hi Kat, if your plants are getting too much direct sun too quickly the leaves can burn. Thoughts? ? Another advantage of the Peroxide breaking down is that it releases free Oxygen into the area. If the fungus is really bad, i’m not sure what option you have besides cutting back plants. This includes milkweed, the only plant that monarch butterflies lay their eggs upon and that monarch caterpillars rely on for food. I have seen a lot of ants. 10% hydrogen peroxide will kill weeds. This is happening on both our ground-planted swamp milkweed and also on our potted tropical milkweed plants. Is it safe to use the solution on the plants with eggs? Everything is super clean. Should I just cut them all back and treat the ground and let them try to re-grow? Oddly- my neighbors yard has become overgrown with this same type milkweed which were healthy until this past week the leaves have a silvery blackish spotting along them. I have 4 plant. I don’t know where to turn to an answer. Could I have maybe just beat them up a bit too much when I was washing them? I’ve brought them in and have them in their own cage. It killed the aphids, didn’t harm the butterfly weed and the cats seemed to be ok. Hi Allie…hard to say. We remove any problem leaves and treat soil preventatively with hydrogen peroxide which has worked well for us. It doesn’t appear to be either a fungus disease or bug related, although at this point, I’m just not sure. I use the measurements for sick/fungusy plants…2 cups in a 2 gallon watering can of the 3%. Spray spores away– spray milkweed plants and the surrounding soil with a hydrogen peroxide solution to kill fungus spores: Hydrogen Peroxide Mix for Sick or Fungusy Plants, Find a Garden Sprayer for your Hydrogen Peroxide Mix. Do you know what it is? it may perform better if it’s allowed to go through the winter part of it’s growth cycle, which it is able to do in perennial zones that still experience a true winter where the plant dies back. I have a gray film on the leaves of my plants. I have searched for problem solving issues but am not sure what to try now. Tony, I’ve been concerned about my milkweed leaves turning purple and dropping off. Any ideas/suggestions on dealing with this problem. Hi Anissa, yellow leaves is more common from overwatering, or if its yellow spotting, it could be a fungus: If you spray the plant with hydrogen peroxide, won’t that kill the monarch caterpillar? I live in central Florida. Do you know how often I can spray? I watered the soil with hydrogen peroxide earlier this spring (before plants start coming up). I also have had funky looking milkweed leaves that fed my caterpillars just fine. Hi Todd, This hunter is a Predatory Stink Bug nymph in the subfamily Asopinae. Hi Toney, I already get news from your web site but my issue is leaves turning yellow and falling off with lots of weird looking spots all over so I am thinking it might be a fungus of some sort and I am not sure of how to get rid of this problem without killing the eggs. I also use it for overwintering plants indoors. For the first time, my milkweed is covered with rust fungus. Hi Barbara, fungus can be a problem with too much moisture or when plants are spaced too close together. I don’t think there is any disease of a milkweed plant that will kill caterpillars. There are links in the post for how much to use…we use the chart for sick/fungusy plants. Hi Pat, I’m not familiar with the issue. I would cut all the plants down to the ground and treat the stubs and soil as well as clean all the surrounding surfaces. When planted a few weeks ago we were in the low 80s. I tried to call the second different nursery to get their input. I would not spray while they are present. It’s been all day now and they’re slow to munch. Yellowing leaves can be from too much or too little water…adjust water levels to see if this makes a difference. Hi Kathryn, check out this info for how we use hydrogen peroxide. At this point, you could try cutting back the affected areas of the plant and then spray the remaining plant and soil…good luck! I’ve never heard of fungus spreading like this. The milkweed in my backyard raised bed is afflicted by this. You can also find beetle eggs and remove them while killing aphids. I’ll look first, and remove any I find to safety, but of course I may miss some. Is it a light dusting or a drench? The flowers on the tops of my tropical milkweed plants are wilting and dying. by Patti (Missouri City, Texas, USA) Monarch Eggs. Thanks! If an infected butterfly lays eggs, they will be infected and can spread the OE to other healthy cats who crawl over the same plants. These shelters can be bought online. Hi Emily, ants are monarch predators. I would not spray with the solution if any caterpillars are on the affected plants but rather remove them, then spray. Thanks. However the plant could be harboring butterfly disease spores left there by diseased butterflies landing on it (including the mom butterfly). When picking by hand, some people wear gloves. If you don’t have milkweed to spare, you can transplant what you remove: How To Successfully Transplant Milkweed with Taproots. I don’t think h202 would hurt them, but I’ve never sprayed it directly on them. Hi Gloria, hydrogen peroxide is actually food for plants, adding more oxygen to the roots. I noticed I do have some plants with blackish spots and not so nice looking. Over the years, I’ve been less concerned about what’s ailing our milkweed, and more concerned about treating it early. I also removed a few of my plants with spots which were seedlingd last year so they were still small this year. Not sure I want to go there. Hi Joanne, I’ve seen this before too and just removed the affected leaves. Milkweeds can take full sun with some wilt if temp goes up to 110 , temp around 80-mid 90’s should be ok …they don’t need much water after the first year. I planted the plants in my yard and the Monarchs showed up within days. Spray once a week or after it rains. That kills them outright. Monarch Caterpillars; Monarch Chrysalis; Adult Monarch Butterfly; Monarch Migration; Raising OTHER Butterflies; You are here: Home / Butterfly Garden Ideas / Stop Milkweed Pests from Ruining Milkweed for Monarchs. According to a Sept. 15 statement, three Zep disinfectants kill COVID on surfaces in just one minute. 1. We can be killing our caterpillars and not even be aware that we are doing so. Will they be fine having been on that plant? This article mentions using a hydrogen peroxide mix to kill fungus. They are Less than 1 Year old. Can I spray Hydrogen Peroxide on Monarch Eggs and Caterpillars? After yesterday’s wild feat i expected most of these leaves to be gone by now. Any suggestions? 2. A strong enough bleach solution to kill all of the OE spores would also destroy the monarch … I don’t spray h202 on eggs/caterpillars so I can’t say for sure if it would harm them. I removed the whole plant to be safe and when I checked the underside of all its leaves I found 2 small cats. How do I know if the cuttings are ok for these caterpillars? But if it’s sickly, obviously I don’t want to do that. I figure they are either going to die for sure from the leaf spot (the1 tablespoon 3% peroxide per 8 oz didn’t do anything after the fact), so I might as well treat them aggressively and see what happens. This bacterial disease is spread mainly by leaf hoppers and is recognized by yellowing leaves with twisted shapes, and die back of branches. I dug up a large tropical milkweed after last years first frost and it grew beautifully all winter. All of it is infected. I am thinking of cutting most of it down to stems and then spraying the stems and the ground and then hope there is new growth in August. The leaves at the bottom are dried up and brown. Hi Gail, I use the mixing chart for sick/fungusy plants: Sounds like Kathy had a combination of problems. Leaves can also look mottled if infested with spider mites: Tony, do you have to use food grade hydrogen peroxide? Today it’s wilting and almost looks like it’s rotting at the base. We always turn over the soil a few times with a large shovel before planting. I would also try to find others with first hand experience growing in your region, as they will probably have some more insight into what is most relevant growing in your region. Hi Erin, Asclepias curassavica does not ‘contain’ OE spores…they are left on the plants by sick butterflies taking nectar and/or depositing eggs. Zero loss of potency and it's crazy how much shit comes out of them and how much better the smoke is after. I have sprouts coming up that were fungusy last year. My success rate is really good. I’m not sure what those black dots are but taking some photos and asking around. Mist the milkweed plants from above so water mist rains down on them. Both nurseries assured me their vendors don’t spray. I wonder what the issue is. Monarch Butterfly Garden- Bring Home the Butterflies, Butterfly Garden Ideas and Gardening Tips to Attract Monarchs, Swallowtails, Hummingbirds, and other Precious Pollinators, Are you dealing with milkweed fungus, leaf spot, and other issues not caused by annoying milkweed pests? I’m just wondering about future eggs/cats. Hello! I've wiped out the little bastards with BT, but now I'm wondering if a bud wash would be a good idea to clean off any residual BT and leftover caterpillar poop. I have hatched over 90% by protecting them. Native milkweed typically looks pretty bad by the end of the season, so your milkweed may be … I live in central FL and this is my second year raising monarch butterflies. The pheromone bag is a great idea; I’ve never seen any to buy. 2. ). 5. I checked for spiders/mites etc but can’t seem to figure out what has happened. I’ll send a photo if you can tell me how. Should I try and find new cuttings from a different source? I wouldn’t worry about overusing it though. Is there anything else I can do? I typically remove the affected leaves…, We mostly use h202 preventatively on the soil before the plants emerge in spring. He leaves look healthy otherwise. 1/4 cup of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide; 2 tablespoons of Rubbing Alcohol (or old-style mouth wash like Listerine) 1/4 tsp. I thought of cutting down the plant totally just in case I missed something. I’m just wondering about future eggs/cats. I would not spray with the solution if any caterpillars are on the affected plants but rather remove them, then spray. The plants infested with aphids you have to wash off the aphids by hand using water in a squirt bottle. I have a ton of cats on my milkweed plant, mostly very young to about a week or so in size. Little yellow spots have developed on the leaves. Hi Katie, this is normal for swamp milkweed and I’m not sure what causes this. The plants are only about 2′ tall and bloom pods are just beginning to appear. I don’t generally treat plants outdoors after the season has begun. Hi Tammy, I would just removed the affected leaves. Tony, i sprayed with the 1 tablespoon 3% hydrogen per 8 oz water yesterday. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) it is made up of Hydrogen (H2) and Oxygen (O2), however H2O2 has an extra Oxygen atom in an unstable arrangement – it is this extra negatively charged Oxygen atom that gives H2O2 its useful properties. I have several milkweed plants in my lanai. Hi Marcella, I remove problem leaves and discard. I need help with my giant milkweed. What can I do to prevent this without hurting the plant or cats? Do you know what would cause this stunted growth and discoloration? I am sad though. Monarch caterpillars grow fast and molt (shed their skin) five times during their growth. Can they be eating the eggs and cats? Thanks, Terry Greenwell. Stop Milkweed Pests from Ruining Milkweed for Monarchs. I also need to know if it’s safe to spray with H2O2 solution when eggs and cats are present? These mites are vicious! I had about 20 healthy butterflies emerge this spring, but the next 10-12 were all diseased. I only spray water on monarch-occupied plants. Any pesticides/insecticides that kill milkweed bugs will also kill Monarch and Queen caterpillars. The other plants in the same bed look fine. Check out our pests page: Tony. When they are soon going to molt, they generally crawl away from the milkweed and sit still for hours (even up to a full day). Although hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant and antiseptic, it is not as effective as copper fungicide in preventing late blight on tomatoes. I have them in some pretty sunny places, like full sun and heat most of the day. Note that bleaching eggs can help prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria to monarchs, and can lower the risk of OE transmission, but will not completely kill all of the OE spores. Lots of foliage since I trimmed it back. We use the hydrogen peroxide preventatively, soaking the soil before the plants emerge in spring. They have basically “keeled over” on a branch and died. Tony Gomez says. Amen. They then told me because I’m using tropical plants and not native that that was the problem. It looks like tiny black / brown dots all over the underside and almost like bruised or wet spots on the top side. (Skip to the bottom to see what you can do if you find your caterpillars in this situation.) This strategy has worked well to keep our milkweed patches healthy and ready to support monarchs. This develops on the leaves then the leaf yellows and drops off. was it the 1 tablespoon of 3 % for each cup of water? I’ve removed each purple leaf and examined them carefully. Hi Darby, you have to experiment to find that happy medium where the plants will thrive. All it takes is about five to ten caterpillars to demolish your plant. I then explained that I had been doing things this way for a long time and never before had a problem. Prepare a cup of soapy water or half-alcohol and half-water mixture. Anyhow, all plants come back just fine the next season…. Tony, what peroxide mixture did you use to water your dirt before plants began to emerge? I have never seen plants have an adverse reaction to it and I often use more than the charts. Thanks for any advise. H2O2 kills gnat larvae on contact. Many plant diseases and fungus are the result of low oxygen levels in the roots. I have a lot of yellow and black spotted leaves. Do you think this is fungal? I’m not sure what causes it, but it’s never been a serious problem. This way you can find caterpillars and protect the plants. Hi Andrea, I don’t know much about specific fungus types, but the techniques listed have worked well to prevent and stop the spread of milkweed fungus in our northern garden. I’d also like to add that last year I had the worst aphid infestation imaginable. I see nothing wrong with it, I’m sure it has pros and cons. The nurseries don’t seem to be any help. good luck! All I do is remove the most affected leaves, which are usually at the bottom. I’m not positive but it might be leaf scorch from too much sun. I’m in Houston and have been raising asclepias for 25 years. I apply hydrogen peroxide according to this helpful chart: Being able to keep these insects at bay is critical. Of course it could be the incoming monarchs and their eggs but to me that just doesn’t seem right. What is it. You might be familiar with the butterfly gardener catchphrase plant it and they will come. Last updated on May 19, 2020 check out this post to learn more about monarch predators and what you can do to save more monarchs: Hi Tony, is it safe to spray milkweed with a baking soda mixture or would it be harmful to cats. of wetting agent (dishwashing liquid will do) Use this mixture as a foliar spray to keep your plants healthy and free from bugs. Plants affected by this should be immediately removed and discarded. And do you know how much to spray on the ground. It has to be the milkweed, do you think the late season milkweed (tropical) could have oem that doesn’t wash off. © Copyright 1999 - 2020 Grasscity.com is a part of, Harvesting Cannabis With Bugs Or Mildew - Spliffseeds, (You must log in or sign up to post here. I’ve never seen so much damage and havoc before. Hey Tony, will spraying my milkweed with the hydrogen peroxide mix for fungus hurt monarch eggs or cats. I waited a bit and bought two more plants from a different nursery and tried again. When leaves turn yellow, or start getting spotting/discoloration, try one or more of the following: If you’ve successfully conquered milkweed diseases by using other techniques not listed, please share your experience and help a gardener out…, Valentine Gift Ideas for a Butterfly Lover, Start or Improve your Monarch Butterfly Garden, Butterfly Garden Book for Monarchs- Instant Download, Top Tools, Supplies, and Resources for Raising Monarch Butterflies, Monarch Butterfly Kits to Raise Caterpillars into Butterflies, 25 Milkweed Plant Ideas for North American Butterfly Gardens, Winter Sowing Milkweed Seeds Part 1: Supply Checklist. The soil is probably already pretty acid but I will check it just to be sure. If an egg is on a problem leaf, you can cut off a small piece of the leaf (with the egg) and place it on a healthy cutting or leaf. I’m not sure if foreign substances would affect their perception…again, you can always test. Here’s more short and long term strategies on: My milkweed on the patio have white mottling on the leaves. April 16 at 8:34 pm. Help, I am doing everything the same , I totally wash all the stems before bringing in to the cages. He was as upset as I was. I’ve not been successful with the last 80+ caterpillars. What’s even worse is that the hole Corn Borers carve into the stems creates an open doorway for other pests that will complete suck the life out of your marijuana plants.Hemp Borers will damage the buds (see picture). We are in SoCal with some really hot temps now. During the season, I never spray any foliar treatments on milkweed because monarchs use their feet and head to detect whether a plant is milkweed. Thank you so much for this! If I water my milkweed plant (from the base) it turns yellow, if I dont water it wilts. Thoroughly inspect your milkweed, rescue any eggs or caterpillars, and move them onto an uninfected plant, or to a protected location, like a netted butterfly pavilion. Is this from too much shade or what? If i could offer a suggestion, find out who your local land grant university is for your state. The black spots on my curassavica look exactly like your picture so I’m going out right now to remove the unhealthy ones. I would focus on adding more pesticide-free milkweed plants to your garden, or there won’t be enough to feed them all. 3) Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Kill Fungus Gnats. Just break off yellow leaves and discard. I would post your photo in a facebook group like this: My swamp milkweed plants has reddish/purple edges on some of the leaves. When it make sense, prune away entire sections of the plant. Hi Sara, this happens to milkweed in mid-late summer…most often on swamp milkweed. Thank Tony, for the leafhopper damaged post. Spined Soldier Bug Nymph (we believe) feasting on Monarch Caterpillar. Using the wrong spray technique can kill your caterpillars by launching them off the milkweed to places only seen by superheroes with x-ray vision… To avoid this tragedy: 1. I have never heard of these leaves potentially hurting caterpillars, but I’ve never found any caterpillars on those leaves either. I'm at the end of my healing and now stocked up on TTO, ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide for ever! Any suggestions? Rather than fight the flies and hornets, I pluck off all the eggs and instars and raise them inside. I am so interested in the H2O2 thing. A: You definitely should not use any toxic insecticide, since that could kill the caterpillars as well. My question is I now have Monarchs laying eggs. Using a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution will help to repel insects and will also kill any eggs that may have been laid. When there’s problem, I remove leaves/stems before they spread, and that has been effective for us. I have two milkweeds that are doing somewhat well. Hi Terry, I use this more preventatively at the beginning of the season and overwintering plants indoors. I figure assassin bugs kill lots of caterpillars, like cutworms and loopers, in addition to the occasional monarch or other desirable insect they get. And how do I treat it? When spraying plants, make sure you get all sections and under the leaves too…, Well, I found more spots today, removed the leaves, and sprayed the plants and sprayed the dirt with an almost 50-50 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Use a spray bottle to thoroughly soak the infected plants. ), I notice one of my milkweed plants is growing yellow leaves at the bottom. It was the 1st one I’ve seen this season here in Massachusetts. Thanks. I also have some butterfly bushes that have a little bleach looking area, but the milkweed is more worrisome for me. Would aphids cause leaves to turn yellow? I have not used bacteria based fungicides before and don’t know how they would affect monarchs or your local ecosystem. They didn’t get any other calls. Water at the base of the plants– this is less necessary if your plants have good air circulation. Thank you. Mix equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and distilled water. Is this fungus? I've been very vigilant about my treatment, using tea tree oil, borax, hydrogen peroxide, lemongrass oil, eucalyptus oil, and apple cider vinegar. I have never hurt a plant by using too much hydrogen peroxide. I have used the hydrogen peroxide solution with some success. I have a lot of milkweed- probably 15 different patches throughout my yard. If there are too many on a plant, do they try to go elsewhere? Hydrogen peroxide is a nontoxic alternative to chemical pest control and breaks down into water and oxygen. The black spots and then turns yellow, if your plants grow by more! 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