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Mealybugs on cactus roots

Posted by engispretta 7a (Berlin, DE) (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 22, 14 at 8:25

I'm having some succulent issues this week unfortunately. It started with the discovery that several of my plants have mealybugs, including one of my cacti. I noticed them at the base of the cactus and in the soil, so I decided to remove all soil from the rootball to access the damage. Some of the roots were badly infested and I had trouble getting the soil off of them to get at the infected roots, and now I have a rootball that looks like this:

I'm not sure if the rootball and the rest of the plant is healthy or not, if the cactus can be saved, etc., so I thought I'd ask here.


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RE: Mealybugs on cactus roots

I would soak in soapy water or insecticidal soap and then repot. Water with systemic and treat your other plants to be on the safe side.

-Ming


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