White fuzz - Knowledgebase Question

casa grande, Ar
Question by snsker47
June 30, 2010
On my pretty purple cactus I have noticed a white fuzzy substance. They are not blossoming either. Help.thank you.


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010

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Cottony scale insects or mealy bugs are the culprits. Unfortunately anything that will control them will also damage your cactus. You can try scrubbing them off with a brush but generally they will return. I hate to say this but sometimes the best control is to cut away the infested plant parts or dig and remove the cactus and replace it with a healthy specimen.

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