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May 13, 2018 2:23 PM CST
Name: Reuben_Plant
Texas
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I recently have purchased a fern plant. I noticed white dots on it and I believe those sticky things are pests. For your information, I don't know the species of my plant.I tried putting soap water on my plant an hour ago.

Here's what I want to know:
• What kind of plant I have
• How to vanish these mystery pests (Has to be safe for humans AND cats)

Thank you!

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May 13, 2018 2:25 PM CST
Name: Reuben_Plant
Texas
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May 13, 2018 2:30 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Welcome!

Sorry. I see you posted the picture while I was still typing my request for you to post one.

I think you have some type of pest but let's see what else someone has to say.

Is it possible that you could post a picture of your fern, preferably with a close-up so we can see the white dots? If they're sticky, I'm guessing that they're pests. Are the dots on the underside or the top or allover the plant?

Many ferns have reddish 'dots' on the underside of their leaves. These are actually spores which is how the ferns multiple. For all I know, maybe some ferns have white dots.

I'm sure someone else will hop in here with a better answer. But again, a picture would help.
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May 13, 2018 2:30 PM CST
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May 13, 2018 2:34 PM CST
Name: Reuben_Plant
Texas
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Hi tx_flower_child,

My fern has white dots on the overside of my leaves. They don't seem to be spores because they are not under my leaves but instead hurting my plant and I see blisters forming 🙁. Here's an image:
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May 13, 2018 2:46 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Still don't know. I was looking in our Plants Database to see if I could find a similar looking fern as you also wanted a name.

I went to the Plants Database to do a search. I skipped the name field and went over to the characteristics. I checked 'fern' and I think 'part shade'. Too bad I don't have a long term memory.

So far, here's one I found but it's hard to tell.
Bear's Paw Fern (Phlebodium aureum 'Blue Star')
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May 13, 2018 2:55 PM CST
Name: Reuben_Plant
Texas
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Hi tx_flower_child,

I did research too and that seems reasonable. I guess my plant might be a mutt. Thank you!

The only problem now is this fern is developing blisters with the white specks I posted earlier. Any advice? (I'm a noob!)


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May 13, 2018 3:11 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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I doubt it's a mutt. There's just sooo many ferns.

The white dots might be a sign of mealybugs.

The blisters may indicate that your fern has edema (oedema).

See: https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...
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May 13, 2018 3:16 PM CST
Name: Reuben_Plant
Texas
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I'll follow the advice that the article offered. I'll see what happens in a couple of days.

For the possible mealybugs, I'll keep using soap insect repellent that I made. Hopefully, the pests will disappear.

Extra information: These blisters were on my fern when I purchased it and they constantly get worse. I'll try making it humid and try not to overwater my plant.
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May 13, 2018 3:22 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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If the white dots are mealybugs, you'll need a different treatment for them. But in the meantime, you could follow what the article said. OR wait until someone more knowledgeable jumps in with more precise answers.

This reminds me that it's time for me to dig up some Southern Wood ferns from my neighbor's yard. I'll check back later.
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May 13, 2018 3:55 PM CST
Name: Reuben_Plant
Texas
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Does anybody know a method to get rid of this infection on my plant. I want to reproduce my plant but I cannot with it being covered in unhealthy white dots and specks.
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