Systemic for Mealybugs?

val1(z4 UT)February 10, 2014

I have a String of Hearts with mealybugs and need to find a systemic that I can use on houseplants. I purchased a Bayer 3 in 1 systemic but it said not to use it on houseplants. So back to the store it will go. I just sprayed it with a Bayer product that said it was for roses but could also be used with houseplants. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I would like to applaud you for (1) reading the label and (2) paying attention to what the label says. Doing otherwise could put you, your family, or pets in harm's way.

There are systemics that CAN be used for indoor plants. I can't point you in the right direction because I don't use chemicals like that. Google 'systemic pesticides for houseplants ' and you'll come up with some good information.

Your best chance of success will be a result of several methods, not just one. Alcohol mist, horticultural oils (be sure to look into oils) will all be extremely helpful to you. Lift the vines with one hand while spraying with the other. Don't just spray over the top.

Look at the fact sheet from Colorado State. I'd attach a link, but haven't figured out how to do that with my kindle. :-(

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 6:18AM
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Hi Val1,

I am posting a url to an African violet forum post that talks about indoor systemics. Even though it is for Violets, the same thing will be helpful to string of hearts. Pay particular attention to what Irina from Colorado has to say.


Here is a link that might be useful: Systemic

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 11:01AM
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