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May 30, 2020 2:55 PM CST
Port Charlotte FL (Zone 10a)
My poinsettia has mealy bugs. Should I treat or toss it?
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May 30, 2020 3:56 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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That is a LOT of mealybugs. How attached are you to your Poinsettia? Personally, I would carefully carry it to the garbage can and drop it in (this was the fate of my Poinsettia a couple weeks ago when I discovered whiteflies). You can try cutting it all the way down and treating what's left but, depending upon how many other plants you have, its not worth the risk of spreading the mealies.
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May 30, 2020 3:58 PM CST
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
Oh no! That's a pretty bad case. I agree you might be better off tossing the plant. Whatever you do, keep the plant far away from all your other plants. You don't want the mealy bugs to migrate.
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May 30, 2020 4:12 PM CST
Name: Connie
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I would put it in a plastic bag first. May like the thin ones used for vegetable purchases. Then into the garbage can. If you are lucky the sun will be shining and make an even quicker end to them.
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May 30, 2020 6:25 PM CST
Port Charlotte FL (Zone 10a)
Thank you to both replies! I am putting it in a garbage bag to put outside in my dumpster!
I have a large orchid 8-10 inches away that I will watch very closely!
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May 30, 2020 9:30 PM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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I also have some poinsettias in pots and do not want to loose them this way. I was therefore wondering, how did things get so bad??? Did these mealy bugs just appear out of nowhere or what? I have only gotten them at the end of the growing season from previously infested plants. Any do's or dont's that you can pass along to others from this experience?
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May 30, 2020 9:37 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Sometimes bugs just float in on the breeze. I have never had a problem with white flies. I have never seen a white fly in Reno but, there they were.
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May 30, 2020 9:42 PM CST
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
If you can manage, try and inspect the plants every time you water. Flip over leaves, notice if the shelf/counter/windowsill is sticky, look for odd bumps on the stem. And every once in a while give the plants a bath in the kitchen sink. It takes a little time, but is a good way to catch problems before they become unmanageable.
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