Mealybugs on cactus roots

engisprettaJuly 22, 2014

I'm having some succulent issues this week unfortunately. It started with the discovery that several of my plants have mealybugs, including one of my cacti. I noticed them at the base of the cactus and in the soil, so I decided to remove all soil from the rootball to access the damage. Some of the roots were badly infested and I had trouble getting the soil off of them to get at the infected roots, and now I have a rootball that looks like this:

I'm not sure if the rootball and the rest of the plant is healthy or not, if the cactus can be saved, etc., so I thought I'd ask here.

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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

I would soak in soapy water or insecticidal soap and then repot. Water with systemic and treat your other plants to be on the safe side.

-Ming

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