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Q.My Large Jade Has Mealybugs. Help!

Zone zone 5 | Anonymous added on February 17, 2024 | Answered

Hello. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that my Jade has mealybugs – lots of them. I immediately swabbed all I could find with a Q tip with alcohol. They have lessened, but are still there. I’m afraid of the plant not surviving this — it was my grandmother’s. Can I do anything more intensive? Spraying with insecticidal soap? Anything? The leaves are beginning t flatten out and I am so worried about it. Thank you so much!

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Answered on February 19, 2024

You did the right thing with the alcohol swabs. Another way to eliminate them is to use a systemic pesticide in the soil the next time you water. It will travel up through the plant and kill the mealybugs when they feed on the plant.



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