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Q.White Soft Stuff on Gardenia Plant

Anonymous added on January 16, 2011 | Answered

This stuff is on my gardenia plant. Most of the white cotton stuff is on the stems and heavier on joined branches. I have sprayed a fungicide last week and it seems to be more of that stuff. I used a cotton tip to soak the white stuff and removed it, so I thought. I think it is also in the soil. Sometimes I see a small bug flying around.

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Answered on February 8, 2011

That is typical of mealy bugs. They just look like white fuzz. They cluster together and can look like large and small clumps of cotton.

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Answered on January 17, 2011

It sounds like mealy bugs. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm

You should try using neem oil. It is effective and safe for people and animals. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Answered on February 7, 2011

there are no signs of bugs per sey, but this stuff seems like an organic matter. it smushes like a bug, but i dont have a magnifying glass to actually see it

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