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Q.Aspidistra Treated With Bug Oil Now Looks Unwell, What To Do?

Zone New Zealand | Anonymous added on May 3, 2022 | Answered

My new indoor Aspidistra ‘Shooting Stars’ got mealy bugs, I treated with a bug oil and popped it outside for the day while the bugs ‘hopefully’ all died. I then gave it a shower the next morning to wash off the oil residue and any dead or surviving bugs. The older leaves on the plant now look very dark and leathery and appear to be dying, the younger leaves appear ok so far. What should I do?

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Answered on May 4, 2022

I suspect the combination of bug oil and trip outside didn't fare well with the plant. Cast iron plants are usually pretty tough though. Often, houseplants don't like to be moved. I would trim off the worst looking leaves, and give it a drink and a light fertilizer. It should bounce back.

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