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relly helpful to have these features before the isects and moths do their damage as it is a quick reminder to do the job rather than trawling through books once you have the proble and it's too late to do any thing about it, don't get me wrong I love books and wouldn't be with out them.
after thought I am sorry I spelt really incorrectly
I think that this is really helpful as we have had this problem and it really takes over your fruit (in our case, pears), and you're left with spoilt fruit instead of a lovely succulent crop.
I know that this isn't quite the same thing but this Summer I'd some small (fingernail size and smaller), white.....looked like cotton wool, on the joints of branches and knotches of our 'Japanese acer', which is in a large pot of acid soil. I removed them all (there was a lot of it) with tissue but I daren't look in the tissue (just a wee bit squeamish). I was wondering if they were the same thing or not?
I would have liked someone to have given me an answer to my problems, it's nearly two months since I left thse comments.


ALSO (while I'm on the subject), this same Acer is about 3ft (90 cms) in height and is VERY spindley. We've had it about 6 years from approx. 2-3ft (60-90cms) in the same pot and it's always been gangley. It's nothing like the ones you (I) see in other peoples gardens and I think that it's a shame as they are such lovely trees. Oh yes, it's a maroon one (not that it'll make a difference I'm sure).

Just came across your post about the cotton wool deposits you found on your plants when I was looking up about caterpillars. Check out this reference:

If you download the moth identifier then see pages 3 and 8. There are some photos that could be the things you saw.

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