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Normal? White Thready stuff ?

Posted by DesperationFalls z5 MA (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 12, 04 at 12:14

Hi, I need help from the fuschia gurus.
I examined my Gartenbonmeister (now indoors) very closely
this morning and found that every intersection of leaf with stem has several thready (about 2-3mm--i.e. 1/32-1/16 inch)
whitish-greenish) things. I looked with a magnifying glass
and using 3 pairs of reading glasses and can't see any
'beings--like mealybugs'

Question: Is this normal on a fuschia? I don't have
any other fuschias to compare this one with, so I don't

Any help here would be appreciated.

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RE: Normal? White Thready stuff ?

Hi Desperation

You may possibly have (or have had) an attack of mealy bug even though you cant see the actual insects. I havent experienced what you describe on any of my fuchsias but I have had something similar with Auriculas when I used to grow these for show some years ago. The way I treated these was to remove the web using a large artists brush (a half inch paint brush will do) dipped into methylated spirit and brushed over the web.

You need to check under the leaves whenever you are either checking for pests or treating them, you will have the best results if you actually spray up from the base of your plants and forget the spraying over the top as the foliage acts like an umbrella and sheds the moisture away from where you want it.

I am not sure how large the plant is if it isnt too big you can always dunk it in hand hot water for 10 seconds as described on my site make sure that you only have the water hand hot though I dont want you to burn your pinkies.

Come back and let us know how you get on,


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