Gardena
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Mealybugs on houseplants

I have mealybug problem in few houseplants.
My 3 poted afrian violets first, then its moving to ivys.
As I read in sites. I use alcohol and cotton sticks and take them off from plants now and then. it seems not disappearing and im getting tired of it :(
Tho i have been growing these plants over 5 years and i don't really want to discard them. Any solution to get rid of them once and all?
Thank you :)

Newt
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Hi Gardena,

The alcohol only controls them but doesn't get rid of them. You can use an insecticidal soap, but be sure that it's at room temp or a bit warmer when you spray it on your African violets. They don't like cold water on their leaves. Be sure to spray the underside of the leaves as well. You may have to spray every 10 days 2 or 3 times or more.

You can make your own insecticidal soap but DO NOT use anti-bacterial soap or detergent.
https://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/outdoors/194

Newt

Gardena
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Thank you i will try that. i was told once but i was afraid it will spot leaves.
Spray.. then i need them to repot to better pots. The ones they are in right now have no drain holes. im going to replant them in double soakable clay pots recommended for african voilets.

Another question, apparently bottom leaves keeps dying so they became like mushroom. LOL
I mean like top heavy with leaves and crooked long stems. how do i replant it?

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The leaves will get spots if you splash large drops of the solution on, but a nice fine mist should be ok. You need to cover the mealy bugs with the spray.

I understand what you mean about the plants looking like mushrooms. They get a long stem over time as the lower leaves die off. You can either start new plants from leaves or cut the stem off when you repot. Here's how from Buffalo Violets at GW.
Scrape the neck with a sharp blade or your fingernail to expose the tissue underneath. Dust the neck lightly with rooting hormone. You must now "bury" the neck in the soil. You will probably have to cut off some (or even all) of the rootball. Don’t worry. The buried and scraped portion of the neck will produce new root.

Your plant now needs to spend all its energy on new roots so remove any blossoms. To prevent the plant from wilting or going into shock from losing part of its root system, place the plant under a dome or inside a Zip Lock bag to create added humidity. This acts like an ICU.

Keep it out of direct sunlight but in a bright spot. Here's a helpful site.
https://www.robsviolet.com/rerooting_a_violet.htm
https://www.robsviolet.com/repotting_violets.htm

Here's sites that show how to propagate. Look at the two different types of leaf cuttings at this first site to propagate new plants for your African violets.
https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8700.html
https://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06560.htm
https://www.desert-tropicals.com/Articles/Afr_violette/

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Gardena
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Ohhhhh thank you so much! how interesting!
I will try cut stem off method :) since I've been caring for these like 5 years hate to see them go.

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Gardena, you are so very welcome! Good luck with the propagation.

Newt

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