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Jan 20, 2018 11:56 AM CST
Does anyone recognize what is growing or living on the stems of my shamrock? They're really small and brown but they do not move at all. If you do, how do I get rid of them?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 20, 2018 12:07 PM CST

They look like aphids. If so, they will wash off with warm soapy water.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jan 20, 2018 6:44 PM CST
Yes ! Aphids.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Jan 20, 2018 7:19 PM CST
I zoomed in on the photo and I think I see little insects at the top of the stem near the leaf that could be aphids. Aphids will crawl and move around. Lower on the stem it appears to be scale insects.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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Jan 21, 2018 1:52 AM CST
I can see aphids for sure.
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