Re: Tiny white spots on Gardenia

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Posted by Newt on August 16, 2002 at 17:20:02:

In Reply to: Tiny white spots on Gardenia posted by Dorothy Sorum on August 09, 2002 at 23:09:22:

: Can anyone tell me what the is on my gardenia. I got it for Mothers day from my daughter. It had three blossoms on but none of them bloomed and when I set the plant on a table it has little white specks on it. I tried to dip the whole thing in soapy water but the specks just come back. Can anyone help me?????

You might have mealybugs. Do they look like tiny tufts of cotton? Do they move slightly when you touch them with a pencil? If that's what you have, dip a cotton swap in rubbing alcohol and dab it on them.

To make your gardenia bloom, water with milk. Yup, that stuff you put in coffee. Just add about one tablespoon to a gallon of water. Or, you could just add water to the container when you've finished the milk and water your plants. Any house plants or any blooming plants will love it. I had a friend with a 10 year old gardenina that had never bloomed, and 2 months after starting the milk in the water, it bloomed!

Good luck,

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