FrancisFur
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Little White Balls in my Phartenocissus

Hello again.
The spring is starting and the problems to...this time i found these small little white balls in my Parthenocissus:

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My 2 Parthenocissus quinquefolia that i bought last November are full of them, and i don't know what to do...

Thank You.
Last edited by FrancisFur on Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:20 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Something didn't work right. I can't see your pictures, just a welcome to image shack page.

Without the pictures I don't have much clue what little white balls on your virginia creeper would be. Virginia creeper is usually pretty hardy and not bothered by much.

Try reviewing the instructions for posting pictures here:

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3724

see if you can tell why it didn't work.

With your pictures hosted on image shack, you should be able to just post in the img code and have the picture show directly here (not just a link to it).
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Thank You for the help rainbowgardener, i think i did it...

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Yup, worked! Your "little white balls" appear to be either aphids or possibly whiteflies, anyway some kind of insect.

Try a solution of soapy water, made with real soap (like Dr. Brunner's, Murphy's oil soap, Ivory etc not detergent). Spray it on the bugs and all over the plant, including undersides of the leaves where they like to hang out. You may have to repeat it every week or two for awhile, because it doesn't get rid of the eggs.

Especially if this is an outdoor plant you can also just squish them. Aphids are slow and stupid and just sit there and let you squish them. Hardy plants like the Virginia creeper, especially when outdoors can tolerate some aphids without much impact. You just don't want a major infestation where the plant gets covered in them.
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Really aphids?

Are you sure these are aphid eggs? I have them on my parthenocissus as well, but the strange thing is that there are tons of them, and they come back very quickly when I spray them off. I spend a few minutes every morning getting rid of them, and there are always more in a day or two. The other odd thing is that I haven't seen any aphids on the plant at all. Are the eggs somehow easier to see?

EDIT:
I just discovered that they may actually be something called "pearl glands." https://viticulture.hort.iastate.edu/info/pdf/gerrathpearlglands.pdf

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