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Hi. I have a jade plant that i inherited. It didn't appear to be growing. So i planted it into a larger pot and hey presto, it began to grow....admittedly at an unusual angle but there you go. 

I was rather pleased with my jade plant and thought it looked really good. 

That is, until i saw the likes of these on the internet....

I decided to try to grow some junior jade plants and sell them....

... until i read that it was bad luck to do so. 

So i gave a lot of them away.  The remainder are dotted about the house. The parent plant lives in the conservatory along with 1 offspring.  More about that later. 

Anyway, over the last couple of months, the parent plant, while continuing to grow, has developed the odd random leaf either:

Turning yellow
Turning silver
Appearing to have a chunk bitten out of it

And the plant appears to have little cobwebs and dust on it. 

I was told that this is a sign of a parasite. I had a look but i couldn't see anything moving about. That doesn't mean i don't have parasites though. 

The offspring in the conservatory also has a yellowing leaf, a leaf with a chunk out of it and cobweby dust. 

I read that you need to rub rubbing alcohol onto the leaves. Worth a try i thought...

Ok. What IS rubbing alcohol ? And where can i buy some? I mean in a shop ideally. I cannot use Ebay as i have no Paypal account. 

I have tried asking in chemists but they look at you as if you are asking for plutonium or nerve gas. I encountered the same reaction when attempting to buy potassium permanganate. 

You can see them thinking "Witchcraaaft. Burn the witch" or "Terrorist  He's making a bomb" 

And they say they don't know what it is. Or in some cases they ask the question i find most irritating... (because i get asked this a lot in my hobby of koi keeping/filter building) 

What's it for? 

This may seem like a helpful question but what they're really asking is either: 

A) Let me interrogate you to make sure you aren't making a bomb or a witch or both


B) Despite the woefully inadequate stock i keep in my shop, let me belittle the research you have done and offer you an alternative product, which inevitably isn't as good, is more expensive and won't be a solution. Once you leave the shop it's no longer my problem and if you come back, then i'll suggest that you didn't use it correctly. 

Wow ! SORRY ! Veered a bit off topic there. My apologies. So, back to the jade plants....

Would you say i do have a parasite? And what can i do about it? 

The jade plants upstairs appear to be free of the issues of those in the conservatory. 

Here are some photos....

Those are the parent plant. These are the others...

And if anyone knows what rubbing alcohol is and where i can get it, that would be most excellent. 

Thanks for reading. 


  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904
  • I have tried 2 pharmacies so far. One had no idea what i was talking about, the other thought i was a bomber. Neither had any. Do you know of a specific pharmacy that sells it? Eg Boots, Lloyds etc? 
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,541
    Can't you use vodka or gin?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • QasQas Posts: 29
    Have you tried asking for Isopropyl Alcohol instead at the chemist?  Otherwise i would recommend ordering it online on amazon.  Just need a credit or debit card.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904
    Try asking for 'surgical spirit' and if that fails tell the shop assistant you want to speak to the Pharmacist. If he/she doesn't know what you're talking about, ring the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and have their licence revoked!
    Rubbing alcohol is IPA; iso propyl alcohol. It's not anything fancy. It's used to clean all sorts of stuff including use as an anti-static cleaning solution for vinyl records.
  • QasQas Posts: 29
    Aah, i found you can order isopropyl on lloyds pharmacy onlinr website.  So if you are not comfortable ordering over the internet then maybr pop in there and tell them its on your website
  • Qas said:
    Have you tried asking for Isopropyl Alcohol instead at the chemist?  Otherwise i would recommend ordering it online on amazon.  Just need a credit or debit card.
    ....and funds in the accounts ! 

    I get paid cash see, so its a faff if i need to buy something online. 

    Thanks people, i will ask for isopropyl alcohol. I'll let you know how it goes. 

    Just  remembered i bought some solvent cement the other day. The assistant asked if i was over 21? I'm 46 ! And look about 56 ! 
    Then she asked if i had any proof ! 

    I was well chuffed but failing to find any documented evidence...

    I said "Yes, my wrinkled and gnarled face and bald head". 

    She laughed and said sorry "its to make sure you aren't going to sniff it". 

    I said "Oh...I AM going to sniff it". 

    She did that "is he joking, or is he going to kill me" look. 
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,968
    Could be mealy bugs or spider mites?

    I find your graphics and general sense of humor fantastic, by the way.  
    Utah, USA.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,278
    As plant pauper says, ask for "surgical spirit"
     My ratings went up 100% when I was the only pharmacist in town that knew what opodeldoc was.  (soap liniment to the uninitiated)

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