Dear Fellow Gardeners
I have this white pest in flower. You can access the photos on following link.
This species has survived ginger+red chilli mix, honge oil(ponga ennai), Bio-insecticide CalPaste. Ants do not eat this!
Currently I am just cutting and throwing away leaves having this pest. Please advice better way handle this.
These are mealy bugs, very good at infestation, bad news for you. They tend to go for plants with soft/fleshy leaves and stems.
I have good success with neem oil. This is the way I do it : take an old spray bottle (colin, etc), put about 10 drops of neem oil, about 5 drops of liquid soap (dish washing liquid vim will do) and fill up the bottle with water. This is probably a bit on higher side since you are doing it for the first time. Spray the plant liberally, making sure all the mealy bugs are wet. Wait for a week, make the concoction again with lesser neem oil. You would need to adjust the quantity of neem oil and frequency of application based on how sensitive your plant is. In my experience, tomatoes/guards/jades are more sensitive, hibiscus/philodendrons are less sensitive. Higher the sensitivity, lower the dosage.
Try it out, it has worked for me pretty well. You can get neem oil from Total or Spar (assuming you are in B'lore from location in your profile).
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