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Mar 15, 2017 9:49 AM CST
When I was laid up in 2015, scale arrived on my beautiful April Blush and it has been a battle ever since. This year was terrible. I did everything and used everything possible to try and save it. It is loosing all its leaves and everyday I pray maybe some new green shoots will pop out. So far there are a few new ones, but the problem is, you can not see this scale until it is already eating away and I am afraid there still may be some alive and ready to eat the new growth. I could cry watching her die. I know some of you will understand what I mean. I am loosing an old friend and to see her go this way is heartbreaking. I sound crazy I know, but when you get old and live with a plant for years, all of a sudden it is like loosing a family member. At least to me it is. I guess I need to get a life.
Mar 15, 2017 3:36 PM CST
|Aww, JB I'm so sorry to hear about your lovely Camellia (Camellia japonica 'April Blush') Hopefully someone who grows Camellia's will be able to offer advice on something you could use to combat those scale insects. I wonder if an insecticidal soap would work to get rid of those pests? Maybe spray, wait a few days and spray again?
I googled and found these pages that talks about Tea Scale on Camellia's: https://www.americancamellias....
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Mar 15, 2017 4:09 PM CST
|So sorry! IDK what to do about it, but I'm there for a group hug!
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Name: Will Creed
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Mar 15, 2017 5:45 PM CST
|The key to eradicating scale insects is treating the entire plant so the you get the translucent juveniles that you don't see. A solution of water, alcohol and soap works fine, but only if you spray ALL leaf and stem surfaces until they are dripping wet. Anything short if that and you will miss some and they will reproduce.
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Mar 15, 2017 5:58 PM CST
|I hope that you can get your plant healthy again.|
Mar 16, 2017 9:02 AM CST
|I do appreciate your help here.
I have used the special insecticidal soap spray until it drips daily for weeks.
I have used my own mix of needs oil and dawn and water.
I have taken each leaf and wiped them with alcohol pads on the bottom and top until I am blue in the face.
I have just finished spraying the few leaves left and dang if I did not find a few on them. You can not see those babies until they get bigger and turn color. That is part of the problem. I am wondering if they are on the stems. I just sprayed the stems and see some tiny green sprouts on some of them, but I feel I have failed this old girl and I just do not know what else to do. I gave her some fertilizer, but I do not want to give her too much water just now. I want to feed her again so I am letting her get dry so she drinks up that fertilizer and maybe that will help strengthen the new growth.
One last thing. Is it possible they are in the soil?
We can only pray. I have no other ideas. If they are on the stems, I am not sure how to treat them except spray more. I read one article that really said after a certain time, it is no use to even try. Just throw the plant away. ARE THEY KIDDING? I will not give up until every branch is dead. In fact when I trimmed it I put the cuttings in water. I do not know if they will root since you should root camellias in soil mix and I just did not do that since there is no way to know what is happening and I prefer water, so I can see. I am not very patient as you can imagine.
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