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Hibiscus plant

Zone Brigantine, NJ | giddydoowop added on September 30, 2016 | Answered

I have a Hibiscus plant (tree). I see very small white specks on the leaves. What are they? I only have the one plant and have kept it outside. Now as cooler weather approaches, can I bring it in with these white specks. Also, there are some small holes in the leaves of it.

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Alisma
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Answered on September 30, 2016

The small white specks could be either powdery mildew fungus, a white scale insect (mealybug), or the shed skeletons of a small insect such as whiteflies or aphids. Try to treat or remove the pests before bringing it inside to protect your indoor plants. Here is more about these problems:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hibiscus/hibiscus-has-white-fungus.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/mealybugs-control.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/whitefly-control.htm

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