Bougainvillea Plants

Sago Palm and Boginvella (Sp)

Zone Central FL | anne1024 added on November 5, 2011 | Answered

Hello, I have two questions. I have a Sago which is covered in sticky white mess. . . not sure if it's thrips or mealy bugs. How do I rid my plant of this, as this is a recurring issue? Also, my Boginvellia (sp) is not blooming. Its leaves are green but not solid green. I do fertilize and the bush is rather big. Thanks for your help.

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Answered on November 6, 2011

It sounds like mealy bugs on the sago. This article will help with that:

If it is a reoccurring problem, this normally is an indicator that the plant is under stress. Make sure that the plant is being properly watered, has the right amount of light and is not root bound. These are the most common stressors.

For the bougainvillaea, I suspect that it may lack phosphorous or have too much nitrogen. Try giving it some bone meal to balance the phosphorous back out. This article will have some other suggestions:

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