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Aug 27, 2015 5:59 PM CST

I just noticed this growing on my plant today :(
It was just on one stem so I cut it off.Any idea what it is?
I live in southern California and idk what the name of my plant is.

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This stuff was pretty hard and wouldn't scrape off easy.
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Aug 27, 2015 6:53 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Hi Tia Welcome! Welcome to ATP.

I am not certain, but it looks like an infestation of Scale. Here is a link from UCDavis with pics and info.

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG...
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Aug 27, 2015 7:10 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Hi Tia, Welcome! from me too!

If those insects aren't scale, they might be Mealybugs: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...
http://www.missouribotanicalga...
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Aug 27, 2015 7:13 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Hm, I'd need to look closer but my first thought was 'it's putting out roots'.. Since the last picture looks like some type of jasmine vine, that's a possibility.

Tia, you might want to lay that cutting with the white stuff on it down on some damp soil and see if those things grow, or if they suck the life out of the cutting and then everybody dies. If they grow, they are roots or tendrils for grabbing onto the trellis. If the whole thing dies, it's insects. You could also try scraping a couple off with your thumbnail and see what happens.

I'd look at them closely, if you have a magnifying glass, use that. You'll be able to tell a lot more about them.
Elaine

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Aug 27, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Hey Lin, first thoughts were aphids and mealy bugs until I read Tia's last line saying " This stuff was pretty hard and wouldn't scrape off easy".. seems either of those pests would be fairly easy to remove. Shrug!
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Aug 27, 2015 7:23 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Elaine, I think you are much closer to the ID than I was. The last picture, at the very top of the "stuff" looks very much like the start of a new root.
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Aug 27, 2015 7:26 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Rolling on the floor laughing I missed Tia's last line about it being hard ... definitely not mealies and if indeed insects, must be scale!

Elaine, my first thought before enlarging the photo's was adventitious roots too but then when I enlarged a couple of pictures and stared at them I thought it looked more like insects .. my eyesight is the pits! Blinking They could very well be adventitious roots, check out this photo:

https://extension.umd.edu/grow...
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Aug 27, 2015 7:28 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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Some soap and alcohol would probably kill enough bugs to at least diagnose the problem.

I had things that LOOKED like that on a Brassica, but they could be scraped off easily. They WERE bugs, and they crawled to the tops of the branches.
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Aug 27, 2015 10:49 PM CST

Yes it was very hard and would not scrape off!!
Thanks for the replies !

I will try to plant the part that I cut and see if it grows and if it does I will comment again.
Thanks again Smiling
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Aug 28, 2015 3:56 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
>> if it does I will comment again.

Thanks! That's how we all learn easiest, from other people's experiences.
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