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Simonetta123
Apr 22, 2018 3:14 PM CST
I got this plant a month ago. I water it every week about one litre. Please have a look at the pictures and let me know what the reason could be for those white spots and the curled leaves. Thanks
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 22, 2018 3:20 PM CST
Mealy Bugs !! Spray the entire plant and soil with some rubbing alcohol. Repeat in 2 weeks. Gene
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Simonetta123
Apr 22, 2018 11:24 PM CST
Thanks Gene, what is rubbing alcohol?
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 23, 2018 7:17 AM CST
Drug store, dept. store sells it. Not for drinking, for rubbing on your body and makes a great cleaner for many things around the house. Comes in 60% and 90% strengths usually. Most people mix it with water 1/2 and 1/2 to use on plants. I use it full strength. Gene
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Hamwild
Apr 23, 2018 10:25 AM CST
Should be able to find it near the hydrogen peroxide, along the aisle with bandaids, neosporin, etc.
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WillC
Apr 23, 2018 3:15 PM CST
Mix the isopropyl alcohol with water and a squirt of liquid soap to help the solution spread. Getting complete coverage of all leaf and stems surfaces is essential for success. If you miss a few mealybugs, they will survive, reproduce and the infestation will return. Be sure to spray deep into the crevices where the leaf stems emerge from the main stem. Pull the stems down a bit to help get the spray inside those crevices.

The presence of plant pest is often an indication that the plant may be under stress for other reasons because plant pests prefer stressed plants.

White Birds require a lot of sunlight and a lot of water when indoors. Make sure yours is right in front of a sunny window. Water as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch. (Ignore the meter as they are notoriously inaccurate.) Always water thoroughly until you seem some water trickle through the drain holes.
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