Mealy Bug help!
I know... the million $$ question! LOL!
I discovered yesterday one of my Stapeliads has mealy bugs in the soil. I have never seen a bug on the plant.
I've been looking in old posts but haven't found what this is...the scaring listed below.
This plant started to get brown patches down the sides of the stems. at first I thought it had rubbed on something and left a scar. But the kept getting worse.. never thought bugs.. :( I scraped away a few of the areas last night, but did not find a bug. So what does the scaring mean? Is it due to root damage? Do I need to toss these stems? It's a huge plant.
a few stems started to droop and get real soft.. so yesterday I checked the soil. .. SURE ENOUGH! they were there.
I've tossed the old soil... power sprayed the roots.. (thank god it's still warm here, did it at 8pm.. LOL)
Rinsed them in alcohol... and inspected close. now they are drying a bit. also scrubbed pot!
I'm not big on chemicals... so am looking into some other choices for control.
Norma~~ are you here?
You suggested in an old post to ues Diotomaciious Earth. I am going to try and find some today.
How much would you add to say a 4" pot???
I have some errands to run, but will try and post a pic of it later to show the scars.