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Moon Gardener
Jun 15, 2020 5:53 AM CST
I received this plant as a gift and noticed some white fuzzy spots on it so I took it outside and sprayed it off with water. That didn't work because now it has even more. The plant is growing and seems healthy for now. Does anyone know what this is. Thanks!
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Jun 15, 2020 8:59 AM CST
Mealy bugs! Use alcohol wipes or q-tips dipped in alcohol and wipe them off. You may have to repeat the treatment about 3 times to get rid of them. I just use the corner of a rag dipped in alcohol and wipe every leaf off when I see them.
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Name: Will Creed
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Jun 15, 2020 9:05 AM CST
Mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1-part alcohol, and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Then, spray all leaf and stem surfaces until they are dripping wet. It is a very messy task, but unless you get complete coverage and make direct contact even with the ones you cannot see, the survivors will reproduce, and the infestation will return. Be sure the solution runs into the crevices where leaf stems attach to the main stems.

If you just treat the visible mealybugs, you will miss the translucent and nearly invisible juveniles that will mature and reproduce. Thus, it is important that you spray ALL leaf and stem surfaces until they are literally dripping wet. Thorough coverage is the key to successfully eradicating the problem and avoiding repeat treatments.

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Name: Sue Taylor
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Jun 15, 2020 9:09 AM CST
Also keep it away from any other plants you have.
Moon Gardener
Jun 15, 2020 9:48 AM CST
Thank you all. Thank You!

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