Should I adopt this sick gardenia?
I had posted this under the shrub forum but someone suggested I put it here:
My neighbor has had a gardenia for about 3 years. I bloomed beautifully and was doing well until a few months ago. She had someone come to look at it (plant expert/tree sprayer) and he told her to just get rid of it, that there is no hope. Well, aside from looking a bit dry and in need of a good watering, the plant has what looks like very tiny and numerous dried up barnacles all over the leaves. My neighbor said when she took the plant into the house for the hurricanes 3 months ago, these little "barnacles" let loose with ants all over her house. I highly doubt that ants hatched from her gardenia but these are all the facts I have. Without a picture of these things, does anyone here have any idea what would look like tiny (pinhead sized) barnacles on a gardenia? She offered the plant to me as a rescue but I did not take it since I do not want to spread whatever it has to my plants, including my own gardenia. I would however welcome the challenge of nursing it back to health.
Thanks in advance.