White Spots on my Osmathus Fragrance. Help!

TucuDecember 4, 2012

Hi There,
I have had these for over 3 years now and have been taken them outside during spring/summer and inside in winter time.

Since I took them inside this year the three plants I have, one next to each other have developed these white spots.

Any ideas what could be causing it and how to heal the plants?

Thanks a lot for the help!! By the way they are in terracotta containers.


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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Could be scale (a sucking insect).
Have you tried scraping them off with your fingernail?


    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 1:43PM
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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

I googled scale on Osmanthus (sweet olives) and they can be a problem. One site recommended horticultural oil sprays.

Good luck!


Here is a link that might be useful: scale on sweet olives

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 2:08PM
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My goodness, you poor thing!

You have a few options, the first working much more effectively than the later.

You could use a systemic and you will see them fall off dead.
Or you could use oil sprays as Robert says and slowly suffocate them.

What ever you see, you could also use a cotton swap with alcohol and swipe off what you see.

There is also insecticidal soaps which will slowly kill them

The best way to rid them for good is systemically and that is what I would do for mine.


This post was edited by meyermike_1micha on Tue, Dec 4, 12 at 19:30

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 6:42PM
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