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What is this fungus -- can my houseplant be saved?

Asked by occ (4036points) December 6th, 2013 from iPhone

Hi Fluther community,

Turning to the Jellies once again for some plant advice. My banana plant has developed a strange fungus—photo here:

What should I do? Can the plant be saved?

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snowberry's avatar

Those are bugs, not mildew (sorry, I can’t remember the name). Spray them with insecticidal soap which you can get at any garden shop.

ccrow's avatar

@snowberry some kind of scale insect. You can physically remove all the ones you can see, but some kind of spray is a good idea. You might want to make sure they’re not on the roots, as well. I don’t know if they will go in the soil, but I had some on an orchid once and they did go down in the bark and get on the roots.

gailcalled's avatar

Following @ccrow‘s lead, I found this.

Check out aspidiotus destructor, a white scale that is a common pest for banana and coconut trees. It is classified as an armored scale and doesn’t oozee the sticky honeydew that the common hard reddish-brown scale I see on my house plants does.

snowberry's avatar

To give you perspective, go to Google Images and type in scale insects. Then do a different serch for mealy bug. I think you have mealy bugs. I am not sure if they are a type of scale but it looks like it. Both can be removed the same way. Very interesting.

gailcalled's avatar

@snowberry: I am learning more about this than I probably want to.

Mealy bugs are “insects in the family Pseudococcidae, unarmored scale insects found in moist, warm climates.”

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