The Leader (Nelson) - - OUT & ABOUT -

It must be the sea­son for mealy­bug on in­door plants as three peo­ple have asked me for erad­i­ca­tion ad­vice this week. This pest shows up as cot­tony white tufts on the leaves and stems that, on closer in­spec­tion, have legs and a slater­like ar­mour.

They must have a rea­son­able in­cu­ba­tion pe­riod be­cause you can have happy, healthy house­plants for months, only for them to sud­denly suc­cumb to a plague.

They are hard to com­bat be­cause they live in dry pot­ting mix as well as on the plant, so

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