conferderate jasmine - Knowledgebase Question

lakeland, Fl
Question by beafer
June 30, 2010
I live in Lakeland, Fl. and I
have a jasmine plant covering a wall in the front of the house .It was doing very well for the past 5 years but last week started to have black spots in the leaves and something that looks like small bolls of cotton all over, including the wall
I sprayed with insecticide but does not seems to improve
Any advice?
Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Mealybugs or cottony scale insects can cause the problems you describe. These are tough insects to control and sometimes the best control is to prune away the infested parts of your plant to remove the pests. The black spots can be a result of insect feeding or might indicate a fungal disease. To control both, why not prune your plant back to renew it? Once it is healthy again it should grow quickly and cover the wall again. Good luck with your jasmine.

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