Re: Tiny white spots on Gardenia

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Posted by Newt on April 14, 2003 at 22:15:09:

In Reply to: Re: Tiny white spots on Gardenia posted by Jean Ann Grimm on April 12, 2003 at 13:46:10:

: I have a very large gardenia plant that we brought home
: from Myrtle Beach. It was beautiful and then it started to lose leaves and there was a sticky white
: substance on the leaves. We figured it was mealybugs
: but we can't get rid of them. I spray everyweek. I
: don't actually see the bug. The leaves are sticky
: and white. Any thing I can do?

Hi Jean,

You don't say if this is an outdoor or indoor plant. You also don't say what you are spraying with. Also, why do you think it's mealy bugs if you haven't seen any? My advice is to know thine enemy! Also, don't indescriminately spray an insecticide. It isn't good for the plant if it's the wrong one or for you.

Take a look around this site. Look under 'Broadleafed Shrubs' and 'Houseplants'.

http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/hgic/diagn/

If it truly is mealy bugs, then something environmentally friendly like insecticidal soap should work. Once you know what it is, you could always look around here for something that is environmentally friendly.

http://www.gardensalive.com/index.asp?bhcd2=1050383601

Hope this helped. If not, feel free to write again.
Newt

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