Fuzzy Sago?

scott7876(9/W Melbourne)February 7, 2013

Hi All:

Just been noticing a light brown/beige fuzzy material on the crown of my outdoor planted sago. It has the consistency of insulation or cotton candy. It is quite thick, doesn't extend to the leaves really. It can be pulled away from the plant, just like cotton. I'm not 100% sure it wasn't always there, but it has certainly gotten thicker recently. I do have a scale problem with it, which I try to keep at bay with oil and water spray. The plant is pretty healthy, has had several flushes of new growth last year. I have seen some info about the fuzzy material online, but I'm not sure if this is what other people are seeing, as I think the plant is kind of fuzzy there anyway, more velvety, this is more like insulation. It will wash off with a water spray.

Any thoughts?
Scott/West Melbourne

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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

I had the same stuff on some sago pups I acquired last year. Both plants were also infested with scale. I went to HD and picked up some insecticidal soap, Garden Safe I think. I sprayed the pups every three days or so for about a month. Since then I have not seen the fuzz or the scale.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 12:52PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Could it be "Asian Cycad Scale" ?

Unfortunately, mine has it also and every Sago in my neighborhood!! Its so sad...

Here is a link that might be useful: Asian Cycad scale...

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 2:48PM
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