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wooley

Crassula ovata Hobbit

  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2018
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wooley

Could anyone help me identify what the white mound looking substance is in these plants I have, is it a disease or could it be over watering?

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bluefox23

Maybe @Soph1e or @Yollymac can help. 😊

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Yollymac

Hi Julie! Those are mealy bug, would you prefer a natural method or to use pesticide?

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wooley

Hi Yollymac, could you advise me on both please and how to avoid them.

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bluefox23

I had wondered if it was the dreaded mealybugs but not confident enough to diagnose!! 😞 @Yollymac @wooley

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Yollymac

Sure! 😊Natural method: De-pot the plant and remove as much soil as you can from the roots. Grap that sticky mess with a cotton bud or tool of choice and squeeze it to kill the bug. Fill a bucket or container of water and put your plant in it for a good 30 minutes - give it a good swirl at the start. This will drown any bugs. At the end, repot your plant in new soil.

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Yollymac

Pesticides. I would use a systemic pesticide which is mixed and taken up with water. Perhaps @Soph1e can take over from here as I am not that familiar with your products.

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Soph1e

The only thing I'm happy to use on succulents is diatomaceous earth. You could try isopropyl alcohol (available from a pharmacy) but I've found it damaged my plants and left horrid scars. @hagar, @cazz47 and @angiecrazycatlady may have some experience of chemicals that are safe for succulents.

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Yollymac

@Soph1e I tried the alcohol also and to be honest it really didn’t do much. In fact the bugs seemed to double their horrible little efforts. 😡

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Soph1e

It definitely killed them when I used it @Yollymac but watching my plants turn brown or lose their bloom just wasn't worth it.

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Yollymac

@Soph1e - I agree totally!

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wooley

Thank you so much for all the comments

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