Cure for Jade Plant with Mealy Bugs

decogrlJanuary 20, 2007

I have a Jade houseplant for 5+ years and all of a sudden, I noticed little white mealy bugs! What is the best way to rid the plant of them? Where do I need to look for them so that I make sure I get them all? Also should I repot the plant? I had someone else water it while I was away and looks like it was overwatered. It looks like some of the leaves have brown rot. Help I love my plant!

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Start your control of the Mealy Bugs with a good sharp water spray to knock off as many as possible and follow that up with some insecticidal soap sprays. Overwatering is the single most common problem with house plants so cut back and water only when the plant really needs it.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 6:32AM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Be aware that insecticidal soap may damage succulent plants. You'd be wise to test it on a small portion of the jadeplant (perhaps one branch), then wait a week to see the result.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 3:53PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Oooh, jean001 is so right! Jade is one of the plants that may suffer damage from insecticidal soap applications. But I will tell you what you can use, with great effectiveness! Mix a solution of one part rubbing alcohol to three parts water (or stronger) and fill a small spray bottle. Apply liberally to all parts of the plant, even after you see no obvious signs of mealy bugs.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 10:56AM
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