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Apr 9, 2017 9:10 PM CST
I have a Meyer lemon tree in a wine barrel. The leaves are turning yellow from the tip in. Some anger dead tips on the. Also there is wax like spots on the branches and leaves. Can anyone help me?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 9, 2017 9:39 PM CST

The life is being sucked out of your tree by those creepy little sucky-bugs - you actually got a really good photo of them. They are scale insects and can be removed with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. Wipe them off and then wash your tree with warm soapy water. Keep checking over the next couple weeks in case you missed any.
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Apr 10, 2017 11:02 AM CST

Thank you for the reply what could I do to prevent them from coming back?
Name: Elaine
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Apr 10, 2017 11:31 AM CST
A regular spray of the soapy water solution is the best preventative measure you can use. Don't make the soap solution too strong, either. Stronger is not better. About 1/2tsp. dish soap to a quart of water is enough. Spray every week or two and be sure to spray up under the leaves, all the stems and even the soil surface and the pot. Juvenile crawlers can be anywhere. A thorough rinse of the whole tree with a warm shower or hose is also a good idea.

The mature bugs have that waxy shell over them so to kill them, alcohol or a horticultural oil spray is preferable. The alcohol is best in hot weather. Use dormant oil spray in the winter.

Vigilance is important for any plant in a pot. Keep looking carefully for these and other little guys to return, because wherever they came from, they probably can still get to your plant if it is outdoors especially. But even indoors, they find what they want to eat.

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