Tiger's Jaw, Faucaria
Does anyone have or know about Tiger's Jaw/Faucaria?
Last November I bought a TJ on Ebay, priced, .99. I purchased other succulents from the seller, same price, and considered each a winning prize. All are healthy, good-sized succulents. And no pests!!
In January, the TJ grew little yellow flowers.
Tues night, while inspecting plants, I discovered a white substance I suspect, 'might' be mealy bug. I stress, might be. I pray it isn't.
Does anyone know if Faucaria's are prone to mealy?
I'm not saying my plants are insect-proof, but honestly, it's been a long time since finding bugs on plants. And I swear, in all the years keeping plants, I never, ever found a bug on a succulent or cactus.
I make a mix that kills and prevents mites and scale, but Mealy is one insect that, I hate to say, WINS the battle.
In the past, I've never had success ridding mealy so, more often than not, if any plant has this gross creature it goes in the trash. The last time I found mealy was 3 summers ago, on a Purple Passion/(Gynura) tropical. PP went in the garbage. I don't want other plants getting this awful, almost impossible-to-rid insect.
Now that everyone knows the history of my Tiger's Jaw, lol, here's my questions. lol
1. Is Faucaria prone to mealy
2. Is it possible I'm seeing flower remnants?
3. Aside from chemicals, is there any sure way to rid mealy, if in fact, that's what it is?
Like I said above, I make an organic spray. This is what's been done so far.
Isolated Tiger's Jaw...
Made a fresh batch of insecticide. Removed TJ from pot, tossed old soil. Wiped white substance with Rubbing Alcohol. Soaked plant and roots in soapy water. Let it air dry then applied more Rubbing Alcohol and sprayed thoroughly. Soaked the pot in soapy water.
Potted in fresh soil. Didn't water after placing in pot. Wed, watered and resprayed. Thurs, sprayed.
Today, so far nothing. Should I keep spraying or wait?
We all know how easy it is for Mealy to produce, lay eggs, or whatever the hell it is they do. One thing for sure, they enjoy playing, Hide-and-go-Seek.
If I set TG outdoors, it's cold, 43F, for an hour or so, will, if they are Mealy, die? It's not cold enough for plant to freeze, if left out a reasonable time of course. Soil isn't soaked, so that's not a problem?
Does anyone know how cold it has to be for Mealy to freeze to Death?!?
I'm Dead Serious.
Also, again, if what I saw is Mealy, and although they're hiding, how long and what temp does it have to be before they make an appearance? Thanks to all who read this short story. lol..and I'd appreciate HELP. Toni