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Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

Posted by pharaoness (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 1, 10 at 23:17

I've had this euphorbia for well over 10 years, and always assumed the brown/tan formation was a sign of age. But I also noticed some other plants in my home having some growth on them. I've attached a picture. Across the top is the stem of a dracaena deremensis, under it to the right is the euphorbia, on the left is a dieffenbachia (the cane on top, back of leaf on bottom). Is this scale? If so, how bad is it and can it be cured? If not, what is it? Thank you.

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RE: Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

The images aren't large enough to be totally helpful, and I lost my Mr. Magoo glasses somewhere. But I don't see anything that looks like an infestation of scale insects.

Any chance of more detailed (larger, closer) pictures?


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RE: Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

Click the link, sorry the site only allowed that size, I should've linked them to begin with.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scale


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RE: Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

I still don't see anything that looks like a scale insect infestation.


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RE: Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

It's easy to check. If it's just the natural bark it will not rub off with your nail. If it's scale it will wipe off and you will see the oozy brown body under the shell.


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RE: Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

Thank you for all your help, I hope it isn't scale and I'll just wait and see what happens.


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RE: Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

I have seen damage like that before on plants like that. I think it is due to too much moisture or a lack of dry air. It could be some kind of fungal thing, but it happens frequently in San Francisco. I have seen it at the best nurseries.


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RE: Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

It looks like old physical damage to me. It looks like the plant grew some corky tissue to close the scrapes, damage etc.


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RE: Scale infestation? If so, how bad?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 21, 10 at 14:28

Succulent stems do that with age.


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