Bird's Nest Ferns

White Spots on Birds Nest Fern

California1971 added on February 18, 2012 | Answered

I have 2 bird nest ferns that have white spots down towards the center of the plant. What are these and how do I get rid of them?

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Answered on February 27, 2012

That sounds like it may be mealybugs or scale. They tend to move slowly, so they can look like spots on the plant. Try treating the plant with a a pesticide. I personally prefer neem oil, as it is effective and safe for people and pets.

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