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Root mealybug

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 09:08

Are you in UK? It was a lovely day here in Staffordshire yesterday, Ivy ( I LOVE your name! very topical! Remenber, a jewellers loupe is your best defense against these nasties.

Root mealybug

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 13:16

Mealy bug is horrid. The rootmealybug doesn't seem to have teh powder part, nor the smell, but the result is the same, the roots are destroyed, so, if you get any in your house plants, don't just sling them in the re-cycle bin, or the garden ...MICROWAVE them first.

Root mealybug

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 19:47

Thanks, Zebrina!

I think I have got them sorted now, I bare rooted every orchid, microwaved the compost, and sadly had to throw out all my Streptocarpus, after microwaving them, because it isn't possible to soak the rotball with insecticide without killing the plant in any case.I am vacuuming around every poy and plant, too.THEN I have to ... microwave the contents of the Dyson! Hard work, but it is worth it.My plants won't take cold conditions, so I really need to do it manually! Tough, eh?

Root mealybug

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 21:49

Thanks, Berghill!

Every little helps.

I am hoping I have conquered them.

I have boiled & microwaved every bit of compost and plant matter before disposoing of it, and will keep a very close eye on my plants from now on!

Root mealybug

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 20:59

Yes, root mealybug does exist, I am sorry to say. It has infested my Streptocarpus collection badly enough for me to destroy it.Sadly, I have now found it in my Orchids too.They are resistant to Provado, I discovered, as I drenched them in it, & used fly spray at teh same time, sealed them & hte plant in a ziplock bag, and 24 hours later, they were still as happy as could be.Totally unphased!

So, I have a disaster in my plant collection unless I can find an insecticide that DOES work.


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