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megandragon
Oct 20, 2020 8:28 AM CST
Can anyone help -

I've noticed that my dragon tree has tiny white bits on some of the leaves (top of leaf not bottom) and where the leaves sprout from the trunk. They're very small but slightly furry/fluffy in look. The tree looks absolutely fine otherwise - I don't know what it is so am unsure how to treat it.

Has anyone had this before and had success and stopping/getting rid of it?
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Oct 20, 2020 9:27 AM CST
Hi megandragon, Welcome!

It looks like your Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) has an infestation of mealybugs. If there aren't many areas affected, you can use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to wipe them off but if they are covering many parts of the plant you might have to use an insecticidal soap to eradicate them.
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megandragon
Oct 20, 2020 4:39 PM CST
plantladylin said:Hi megandragon, Welcome!

It looks like your Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) has an infestation of mealybugs. If there aren't many areas affected, you can use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to wipe them off but if they are covering many parts of the plant you might have to use an insecticidal soap to eradicate them.


Thank you so much, that's really helpful! I'll give it a go Smiling
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Oct 20, 2020 5:22 PM CST
You are very welcome! Mealybugs can be a problem in nurseries and garden centers due to warmth, plants grouped closely together and lack of sufficient air circulation. You might want to consider running a fan on low speed occasionally, to help keep the air flowing freely around your plants.

When treating for pests, it's important to get into all the nooks and crannies, to try and eradicate as many mealybugs as possible. You will likely need to check again in another week or so, in case a repeat treatment is needed. Mealybugs will travel quickly from one plant to another so you might want to check any other plants in the same vicinity as your dragon tree.

~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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