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Aron12-May-04 09:39 PM EST
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Subject: Where do scales on spider plants come from?
From: Aron
Date: 12-May-04 09:39 PM EST

I've raised Spider Plants for a long time and since I started attending school in Georgia, my Spider plants have been eaten alive by those scale things. I've never seen them before! I usually live in Maine and not once have we had this problem. I was wondering where exactly do these things start from and how they get to the plant.

Subject: RE: Where do scales on spider plants come from?
From: dm
Zone: 3
Date: 15-May-04 09:30 PM EST

Wish I knew. I have a problem with soft scale on many of my orchids, and a harder scale on my orchid cactus. I have no idea where they came from.

As far as I understand, the little pests are crawlers, rather than fliers. The scale is the dead body of the mother, and when the eggs hatch, the insects start to travel. Unless there's a second bug on my plants, the scale crawlers are tiny black things. They must have pretty strong legs to get from one plant to another...what a trek! It's painstaking work, but wiping them off the leaf with rubbing alcohot on a cotton swab has kept them under control. But they do crawl into the nooks and crannies of the plant, so you have to be diligent and keep at it. Spraying with insecticide doesn't work (unless the crawlers are active) because it will just bead off the protective scale.

Good luck with your plants, Aron. Spider plants have so many leaves, it will be hard to get the scale under control :o(

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