Answer: Sounds like your plant may be infested with mealy bugs. These insects look like tiny tufts of white cotton and are usually found on the undersides of leaves and on protected places along the stems and trunk. Remove each by dabbing with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol, or spray with insecticidal soap. Be sure they've all been removed before bringing your plant indoors, or you'll risk introducing this pest into a perennial spring-like atmosphere where the population can soar.
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