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May 22, 2020 3:00 AM CST
London
Hi,

I decided to buy a coconut palm from my local supermarket (rookie mistake) for the first time, as I thought I could give it a new home and it would make a lovely addition to all the other house plants I have.

When I got home I realised there was lots of little white spots on the back of some leaves (which I cleared most when I got back spraying with water and a bit of soap). I have other houseplants that are doing amazing and I dont want them to get infected.

Can someone let me know what these insects are and how I can get rid of them - I have currently placed the coconut palm away from all other plants in "quarantine" until I can get rid of these.

FYI when I took the plant home, an earwig climbed out of the bottom of the pot and I have since noticed fungus gnats on the soil too.Is there a way that I can get rid of all of these without killing the plant?

Thanks.
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May 22, 2020 3:15 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Looks like a few scale insects.
What made you bring home a coconut palm?? When I see one, I think of Warm Tropical Isles, sea breezes, colorful shirts. How are you planning on duplicating their preferred habitat in London?
I am afraid that your palm will never be happy. But good luck and enjoy.
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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