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Katherynjoy
Jul 17, 2017 3:22 PM CST
I bought a jade plant from a store about a month ago. Since then I've noticed the existing leaves start to deform & any new leaves that have been sprouting off of the plant are really deformed. Now some of the leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Some of the leaves have bumps on them as well. I've been spraying it with a vinegar water mix for the last couple weeks but that doesn't seem to make a difference. Every online search I've made has proven unhelpful. Please help me with any advice on this matter. I don't want to lose this beautiful plant. Thank you!!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 17, 2017 5:03 PM CST
Welcome!

Your plant has a bad case of scale insects. The vinegar isn't harming the insects at all as they live under those waxy little domes you see on the leaves. The acidity of the vinegar may harm your plant though. Never spray vinegar directly on a plant that you don't intend to kill.

The best way to get rid of scale insects is wipe them off with a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. You will have to keep after them - check the plant weekly until you don't find anymore.
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WillC
Jul 17, 2017 6:43 PM CST
Scale is best treated by spraying with a solution of 80% water, 20% alcohol and a squirt of liquid soap. However, to be effective, the spray must make direct contact with all stems and leaf surfaces, otherwise, you will miss some of the scale insects and they will survive and reproduce. Treating only what you see guarantees you will miss some of the juveniles. Pay particular attention to getting the spray in the tiny crevices where the leave attaches to the stems.
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Spokane, WA.
Katherynjoy
Jul 17, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Thank You! Thank you both so much!!! I read online about the vinegar mix. I won't use that ever again. Thanks again!! Smiling
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Jul 18, 2017 4:32 AM CST
A spray gives better coverage than a q-tip or even a cloth. I had one for 5 years before I finally ignored it even to die. It was heathy when I brought it outside every couple of moths and sprayed it with a hose and than Safer's Soap.

And overwatering a jade plant is actually the usual cause of death...
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purpleinopp
Jul 18, 2017 9:21 AM CST
This infestation looks like it has been going on for a lot longer than a month. Be careful about buying other plants from that store.
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Yardenman
Jul 18, 2017 9:27 AM CST
Jade plant problems are easily local. It isn't the store. Everything they get comes from the same few places. So you buy one anywhere and it is going to have the same problems any other plant has.

The trick is to clean them at home where they ARE isolated from other ones.
Spokane, WA.
Katherynjoy
Jul 18, 2017 12:55 PM CST
The store I got it from was a second hand store & this was the only plant there. Can anyone tell me how many times a day would be best to spray the plant? Thanks.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 18, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Once a week until the bugs are gone. Rinse the plant well after each spraying. You will have to wipe the scale insects off the leaves and stem - they will not fall off by themselves. That's way I suggested a Q-tip. Alcohol wipes work well too.
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WillC
Jul 19, 2017 7:06 PM CST
If you are really thorough with your spraying and successfully make direct contact with all of the scale insects, then one treatment is often sufficient. However, it is a good idea to continue to monitor the problem carefully and re-spray if you see signs of live scale returning.

Daisy makes a good point. Although wiping is not effective in getting in small spaces, wiping after a thorough spraying will remove the dead carcasses and make it easier to monitor going forward.
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