If you notice that your plant looks like it is covered with snow or leaves have some white spots, your plant is under the attack of Mealybugs.
No need to panic, we know the way how to get rid of these fluffy visitors.
Inspect all your plants regularly to ensure early detection. It’s far easier to rid of a small infestation than to eradicate a full-blown attack but you should definitely try 😀
Isolate the infected plants from the rest of the plants. If you touch or treat this plant, make sure to wash your hands before touching any other plants.
Remove all yellow and brown leaves.
a) Dishwashing liquid - for light infestation.
Any soap will effectively suffocate the mealybugs as the soap coats the bug and also breaks down their protective waxy layer. Just mix the dishwashing soap in water and spray on the plant twice a week until all white spots disappear.
Check on your plant regularly, and spray this mixture if you see any of the symptoms return.
b) Neem oil - for light to medium infestation.
Neem oil is non-toxic. Oil derived from the Neem tree has insecticidal properties in addition to being a fungicide and having systemic benefits.
Clean mealybug infestations with a moist cotton ball. Spray affected area after, and continue to spray once a week until all white spots disappear.
Check on your plant regularly, and spray Neem oil if you see any of the symptoms return.
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c) Rubbing alcohol - for heavy infestation.
Clean mealybug infestations with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Simply dab the critters and rub them away. The alcohol strips away the waxy coating leaving the mealybugs exposed.
After you cleaned your plant, spray it with alcohol. Continue spraying twice a week until all white spots disappear. Check on your plant regularly, and spray alcohol if you see any of the symptoms return.Green Luck To You!!!
|High Light||South or southwest-facing windows. Direct sunlight.|
|Medium Light||East or West facing windows. Partial, filtered or indirect sunlight.|
|Low Light||North-facing windows. No more then 20 feet from the window. Bright fluorescent light at least 8-10 hours a day.|
Note: if you can’t read a book as it is too dark in a certain areas than it is too dark for any plant as well.
Window direction is not the only factor to understand your light situation. What is outside the window makes a big difference. Another building, large tree, etc. will block direct light and will effect lighting environment.
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