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paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2013
12:05 PM

Post #9393786

I have several Jade cactus. I have a white fuzzy growth on the leaves and stems. I clean with a mixture, every Sat. , of 75%/25% rubbing alcohol /water. The deposits turn brown, I use Q tips to do this. Why do I have the fuzzy deposits?
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2013
12:29 PM

Post #9393809

You have a mealy bug infestation - you are doing the right treatment. If the brown spots bother you, you can scrape them off with a thumb nail, tooth brush or a sponge. I do a soil drench (Bayer Tree and Shrub) when I get such pests.
Anna_Z
Monroe, WI
(Zone 4b)

January 27, 2013
7:50 AM

Post #9398979

I just put the alcohol in a spray bottle and spritz away. I don't dilute. Why give the mealys a chance??? LOL
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 27, 2013
8:39 AM

Post #9399018

To much alcohol might not be good for the plant--you don't want to kill it along with the mealies. So if you're going to spray it all over I'd probably dilute it a bit. With q-tips though I'll apply rubbing alcohol straight from the bottle since you're applying it only where the bugs are it doesn't get on the plant as much.
Anna_Z
Monroe, WI
(Zone 4b)

January 27, 2013
10:55 AM

Post #9399138

Well, from personal experience, I have never killed anything...YET! Maybe my stuff is more hardy since I live in the tundra zone. LOLOL But Michigan is cold too. Haven't had much problem with mealys yet this season in the g'house. However, the whiteflies have taken their place. Need to spray again.

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