Hibiscus Plants
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What Are Small Black Spots on New Hibiscus Buds

Anonymous added on February 16, 2011 | Answered

I have noticed small black marks on the new buds of my hibiscus plants. Are these ants? Do I spray them, or do they help open the buds?

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Nikki
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Answered on February 17, 2011

It sounds like it may be scale. We recommend spraying neem oil to treat them. Here is information on scale and neem oil:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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