Homemade Oil Treatment

cl6343 added on December 7, 2011 | Answered

I added too much oil in a homemade treatment for getting rid of mealy bugs on my rose bushes and now the leaves are falling off, and I need to know what to do to resolve this.

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Answered on December 11, 2011

Wash the plant down with soap water (made with a dish soap that does not contain bleach). This will help get rid of the oil. The leaves may already be a lost cause, but if you care for the plant as you normally would, the leaves should regrow rather quickly.

In the future, always test solutions you mix on a small part of the plant first and let it sit for 24 hours, just in case something goes wrong.

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