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May 24, 2020 3:52 AM CST
London
Hi

My Hoya is looking unhealthy and seems to have what looks like a Mealybug Infestation. It's the first time I have had any experience with pests, so am a bit in the dark. Could someone confirm that it is, and if so, what the best way to organically treat the plant would be?

Thank you in advance.

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May 24, 2020 4:08 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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My hoya was a mealybug buffet. I sprayed with straight alcohol. Had to do it more than once but it took care of them.
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May 24, 2020 4:18 AM CST
London
AnnaZ said:My hoya was a mealybug buffet. I sprayed with straight alcohol. Had to do it more than once but it took care of them.



Ok, thank you for the tip. I will get it sorted asap.
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May 24, 2020 6:18 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
I never took to the "use rubbing alcohol diluted with water and touch each mealybug with a Q-tip dipped in it". Jeez, who has time for THAT, unless you only have 2???? Put the sprayer on the bottle and spray away.
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May 24, 2020 9:00 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
It looks like your plant has a much more serious problem than mealybugs. The dry stems just above the soil mean that the plant is probably dying from the roots out. I suspect that roots are already dead and, if so, the plant will not recover. I hope I am wrong!

Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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May 25, 2020 2:04 AM CST
London
WillC said:It looks like your plant has a much more serious problem than mealybugs. The dry stems just above the soil mean that the plant is probably dying from the roots out. I suspect that roots are already dead and, if so, the plant will not recover. I hope I am wrong!

Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot.


Oh no, really? Is there anything I can do to save it? What would have caused the issue?
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May 25, 2020 2:41 AM CST
London
I think it's dead. Looks like the roots have disintegrated. What would have caused this? Is there a way I can rescue the stems and propagate them?

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May 25, 2020 8:15 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Improper watering is the most common reason for roots to die. It happens slowly over time and often goes unnoticed because the plant will continue to grow until the bitter end. As a side note, plant pests tend to prey on plants in a weakened condition for other reasons.

Perhaps, others will have some suggestions about proppropagating the remaining healthy stems.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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May 25, 2020 8:23 AM CST
Texas (Zone 8b)
The soil does seem to be wet. I have found that most hoyas prefer to dry out completely before you water again and enjoy bright light. Most of mine are sitting in east facing windows and get morning sun (being in Texas, my pm sun is only really good for cactus and succulents like aloes/haworthias). In the future, I would suggest using a potting soil with a lot of perlite/pumice and perhaps some orchid bark. I use primarily 50 percent cactus soil to 50 percent perlite with a few handfuls of orchid bark. I also prefer to use terra cotta for its breathability.
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May 25, 2020 12:15 PM CST
London
Thank you very much for the help. Really appreciate it.
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