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My bunny ears..........

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  • My bunny ears..........

    Hi all,
    I have a opuntia cactus that has tiny little white bubbles coming out of the glochids. The bubbles aren't liquid, they seem to be dry, and they aren't on every tuft, just a few on each pad. I'm worried they might be egg sacs from some bugs. (Haven't had a bug invasion though.) I've had the cactus for a couple years and never noticed this before, but then again I didn't look this closely before. What do you think?

  • #2
    It could be scale. This site has some photos

    When I worked as a plant tech we'd use a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol as a treatment, killed them right nice. :)


    • #3
      I have an Opuntia Microdasys and is has something similar to what you describe. However it is clear, and gel-like, so I think it may be sap. I'm not not worried about in as the plant is very healthy and is growing well. But should I be concerned?