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Grackery
Jan 11, 2018 9:38 AM CST
I have brown puffy dots on my plants. It started on my spider plants and is spreading to more of my indoor plants. What is it and what can I do?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 11, 2018 10:17 AM CST
Welcome!

You have scale insects. Use alcohol and q-tips or cotton swabs. If there are too many, spray your plants with alcohol or Insecticidal Soap and then wash them away.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Jan 11, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Hi Grackery, Welcome!

I agree, those are scale insects and Daisyl has given good advice for getting rid of them.

Articles with tips on controlling scale as well as other houseplant insects: https://garden.org/search/inde...
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Grackery
Jan 11, 2018 10:33 AM CST
Thank you so very much!!! I appreciate it. I love my plants and have so many.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Jan 11, 2018 10:34 AM CST
Beautiful photo!
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Grackery
Jan 11, 2018 11:09 AM CST
Should I spray all my plants or just the infected ones?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 11, 2018 11:38 AM CST
You don't need to spray the ones that don't have bugs but watch them closely for signs of infestations. Scale usually drop to plants below them -They don't go hopping across room like aphids would.

Beautiful plants! The closeup looked like a Cardboard Palm leaf but I don't see it in your photo.

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kniphofia
Jan 11, 2018 11:43 AM CST
Bin the most badly infected plants, you can't possibly eradicate an infestation like that with Q tips.
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Grackery
Jan 11, 2018 11:58 AM CST
Ok thank you! That picture was only some of my plants.. I cut off the most infected part as soon as I seen it. But b now I know what to do.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 11, 2018 12:15 PM CST
Nice 😀 , Wall o' plants !!!👍👍👍
One crawling across floor ! To cool.
I sure hope ya don't need anything out of that curio-cabinet in corner, Whew !!! What a job that would be.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 11, 2018 2:48 PM CST
Beautiful set up with very well-tended plants. I hope you have caught the scale infestation early, otherwise treating them will be a nightmarish and never-ending chore.

Juvenile scale insects are translucent and very difficult to spot. If they are not treated directly they will mature and reproduce.

Good luck!
Will Creed
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