White Specks On Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Lititz, PA
Question by wallyolie
October 3, 1999
I live in PA and have an outdoor but soon to be for the winter indoor yellow bloom hibiscus tree. I noticed that the tree trunk and some of the branches have what looks like very tiny white rice segments almost covering the bark.
What could this be and how can I get rid of this before I bring in the tree for the winter.


Image
Answer from NGA
October 3, 1999

0

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.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by rocklady and is called "Wildflower"