Asian Cycad Scale
Yesterday my neighbor who is getting ready to move showed up on my doorstep with a Sago Palm. At which I got very happy. It is too big to move to another state, (more like wouldn't pass agricultural standards) but as a plant lover one questions how big is too big.
On first glance it appeared to have an infestation of mealies or white fly.
So today I got out my scrub brush and my spectracide and got to work scrubbing layers of what upon closer examination was not mealies, or whitefly. The entire plant looked as if it were covered in dandruff. It came off in layers that turned into white mud with brown flecks.
No matter how gently you handle sagos, they sure as heck aren't gentle in return. I was able to get much of the scale off, but there is still a ways to go. With my scrub brush I have at the very least ruined a good meal for most of them.
Hrmmmm said I, so I went in to look up Sago Palms and their predators.
I now have a 2 foot Sago with massive Asian Scale problems.
What should I do?