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zzackey(8b GA)December 5, 2011

A friend gave me a nice minature shefflera today. It's in a 3 gallon pot. It is loaded with scale. She said she had sprayed it with a pesticide. I'm thinking maybe the scales are dead, they are just stuck to the leaves. What can I use to wipe them off with? I'm thinking a soft cloth and some dish soap or some rubbing alcohol.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You could use a soapy cloth to wipe the leaves with, then spray it occasionally with a mist of one part alcohol to three parts water.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 10:22PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Babywipes work well. They were recommended to me by a specialist citrus grower and I use them on my potted lemon.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 2:22PM
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Spray them off with jets of water?

And, don't forget to follow up with the insecticide treatment, as scale has several life stages. I like horticultural oil or neem.


    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 3:29PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I don't think scale would even budge from a blast of water. They must have some kind of glue in them. I think these were dead scale because I just used a moist cloth and they came off very easily except some clear ones. I needed to get it done so I could get it into the greenhouse. No room inside for it out of Zackey's (the cat)reach.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 6:37PM
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This worked for an Olive and two Citrus trees.

1 capful of Fish Emulsion in a 16-20oz bottle mister filled w/water. Shake thoroughly. Spray leaf tops and undersides, branches, and trunks.
You might need to apply twice depending on amount of scale.
Discard left-overs. Toni

    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 6:06PM
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