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Can you identify my Sage Pests?

Posted by darkwolfe5 Southern CA (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 16, 09 at 18:12

So I've been fighting these little white things that barely move on my berggarten sage for a while now. every time I think I've gotten thel kicked and I start to get new growth on the sage...the next day I'll suddenly see drooping leaves and some that look eaten and the little white things are back!

What are they and how can I get rid of them, hopefully they won't spread onto my other plants.

2009-11-16


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

You have mealy bugs. I use soap type insecticides to get rid of them and sometimes just a strong jet of water.


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 17, 09 at 13:27

Yes, mealybugs. But they suck leaves rather than "eat" them.

So what is you see that looks "eaten?"


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

I swear I posted a reply to this ages ago...guess it got lost... anyways here's something along the lines of what it said:

Thanks for the identification... I looked up a home remedy that said to mix some dish soap, water, and rubbing alcohol and spray it all over the plant then repeat in a week....unfortunately for whatever reason I had a small brain fart and used vinegar instead of rubbing alcohol...all the leaves have gone all limp now LOL...but the mealy bugs look like they've lessened...I won't know for sure till I get back home from the thanksgiving holidays.

As for what was "Eaten" looking...that hasn't been as much of an issue since I found a pesky green caterpillar munching away one afternoon and tossed him to the curb. Since there's very few leaves left at the moment on the plant, I think it'll be a little while till I can see if the sage will survive.

If anyone has suggestions to help me revive the plant faster, I'd greatly appreciate it :-)
(P.S. I'm a poor student, so things that I can do that don't involve going out and buying stuff is best)


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 23, 09 at 13:04

Give it time. Don't try to push it.


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

ok...so I'm a total moron....I found a recipe for a spray to kill the bugs...and instead of using rubbing alcohol w/ the dish soap and water... I put in vinegar.....all of the leaves that were left have shriveled down to poor limp yellow versions of what they once were...once I realized what I'd done, I sprayed it down w/ plain water and gave it a good watering...hoping to dilute the vinegar component as much as I could.

Think it'll recover? or is it just dead? :-(


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 30, 09 at 23:53

Wait & see.


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

Do you have a PH meter? If so check the PH and if it is lower than 6.5 you need to continue flushing the media or repot.


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

Actually, vinegar sprayed directly on foliage can kill plant tissue. Some plants are more sensitive than others, though vinegar is a well-known 'organic' herbicide.

Darkwolfe, I'd be hesitant to use that 'recipe' (the correct one) on sage without a leaf test, first. Plants with fuzzy leaves might not be the best candidates for alcohol.

By the way, the safest way to use the alcohol is to mix 3 (or so) parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol and use it in a plant mister. Dish soaps can burn the heck out of sensitive plants.

What is the status of your plants at this time?


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

ya...I kinda figured out the herbicide part when the sage and the bell pepper plants both went to the yellow side of things LOL.
As for the mixture, I used a rather small amount of alcohol and dish soap...like 1 part of each to 6-10 parts water (rough guess)

Status of the plant?......well....there's still a couple leaves but they're rather withered and yellow and drooping straight down...otherwise the thing just looks like a couple twigs sticking out of the dirt :-(


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

There is a product made by Bayer Rose 2 in 1 pest control which is used in the soil, it kills all sucking bugs, including Mealies, Grasshoppers, and anything else that chews on leaves of our plants. I don't like using it because of the caterpillars that turn into butterflies, it would kill these as well. Diatomaceous Earth will kill crawling insects, and 'Neem Oil' kills flying insects, like white fly. Always follow the directioons on the boxes.


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RE: Can you identify my Sage Pests?

Any systemic, like the Bayer product you've mentioned should never be used on herbs or other edible plants.

By the way, to say that neem is used for flying insects is not correct. It is used to control insects that FEED ON PLANTS, whether they fly or not. This would include mealybugs, scale, whitefly, aphids, grasshoppers, chewing beetles, caterpillars, weevils, and others. Neem should be used with care.

DE can control any insect that comes into contact with it....the good and the bad guys.


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