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Jun 4, 2018 11:24 AM CST
Montreal, QC, Canada
Hey everyone, two of my Majesty palms I have indoors have started getting this white fuzz on them.

Wanted to know if you thought this was a fungus or mealy bugs?
Any ideas on home remedies to cure?
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Jun 4, 2018 1:11 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Welcome!

Your palms have mealybugs. The home remedy is spray the plant with rubbing alcohol but I'm not sure what that would do to your palms. Spray it on, blast the plant with your garden hose to get rid of all the bodies and the alcohol. You will have to keep at it though. The mealybugs aren't just on your plants, they are also in the cracks andd crevices of your pots, walls and floor.
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Jun 4, 2018 1:17 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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That is definitely a serious mealybug infestation. Unfortunately, that is not what is causing your Majesty Plam to develop brown tips and lose fronds. Majesty Palms simply do not hold up indoors even in the sunniest locations. They will do okay outside on a patio during the warmer months but deteriorate rapidly when brought indoors. In general, they require lots of direct sunlight and copious amounts of water. When they are under stress, as yours is, then they are very susceptible to plant pests such as mealybugs and spider mites.

Frankly, I think it is a waste of time and energy for you to try and treat the pests because the plant is going to continue to deteriorate even if you eradicate the pests, which is not easy.

I am sorry that retailers sell these Palms for indoor use. And I am sorry I don't have better news for you.
Will Creed
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Jun 4, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Montreal, QC, Canada
Aren't you supposed to be able to see mealybugs? I don't see anything moving on the leaves base or stems of the plants...
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Jun 4, 2018 7:38 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Do you see all the white fuzz? Those are mealybug nurseries. The only time you see indiviuals is when they go off to form new little colories here and there. You would have to be incredibly patient to see one move.
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Jun 5, 2018 8:45 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Daisy is right. The juveniles are mobile but translucent and nearly impossible to see and they move very slowly. The adults develop that soft coating as protection and stop moving and start sucking. Not at all like the insects, we are used to seeing!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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Jun 5, 2018 9:01 AM CST
Montreal, QC, Canada
Thanks for all the details everyone. Sad times, I moved them away from all my other plants indoors, and placed them outside. The worst of the two I disposed of. One of my others ones had just a few white spots and I used a Castille soap solution.
Hopefully this will work...
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