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control help for pest in flower
July 14, 2012
11:25 am
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nitin
C V Raman nagar, Bangalore
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Dear Fellow Gardeners

I have this white pest in flower. You can access the photos on following link.

https://plus.google.com/photos/117160771024579396482/albums/5764897655257882721

 

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. 

 

nitin

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July 15, 2012
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Hi Nitin,

    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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July 16, 2012
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Looks like mealy bug and white fly. For white fly use a yellow sticky pad.

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Srikanth

July 17, 2012
9:31 pm
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Thank you for info,

I did not found nything in spar. They do have generic spray bottles but not neem oil. I will probably need to buy neem insecticide. Bad news is that smallest packing of 500ml costs 80 rupees at insecticide store!

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November 10, 2012
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new to kitchen garden but within 6 month of starting off we now have the issue of white flies.. but the flies are looking smaller than what you (nitin) have shown in the photo. I will try what is being recommended here and get back.

If there is any other solution pl post it

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