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nivedithashetty
Dec 15, 2017 1:15 AM CST
I can find these small black things which look like bug eggs on the underside of topmost leaves and flower buds of my gardenia plant. Can anyone please identify these and suggest a solution?
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tofitropic
Dec 15, 2017 2:48 AM CST
Those are aphids. Kill them, they multiply super quick, by parthenogenesis, especially indoor where there are no predators. People uses soap-water spray, but I use chemicals for them, since I do not want the risk of them spreads to many of my plants (did I said they can spread super-quick).
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greene
Dec 15, 2017 12:55 PM CST
Take the plant either outside or into the shower. Use a strong stream of water to wash away the insects. Check daily and repeat until all are gone. It's easy to get rid of aphids with a strong spray of water. I don't use chemicals but feel free to do so if you wish.
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purpleinopp
Dec 15, 2017 1:56 PM CST
Agree they are aphids, the little legs are visible in the pic. If they are just at the tips of a branch or two, trimming off the part of the plant that is affected can easily get rid of them.

Also agree, if they are manually removed with water, and maybe some help from your fingers, no chems are needed. I've never lost a plant to aphids or used anything but water.

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purpleinopp
Dec 15, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Forgot to say, if rinsing is awkward, a cotton ball or cotton swab damp with alcohol will kill them as it removes them. Gently wipe them off of leaves and crevices.
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nivedithashetty
Dec 16, 2017 2:46 AM CST
Thank you so much for your help. They weren't moving and looked like eggs actually. I used cotton balls dipped in soap water to remove them off from wherever I could find them. The plant looks fine. Smiling

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Zuni
Dec 16, 2017 10:01 PM CST
Yeah, your plant looks super healthy. I squish them with my fingers. I've in the past, also used watered down soapy water.
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