Hope someone has info for me.....
I have a potted, outdoor, mostly in the sun, Red Hibiscus (sp?). I have noticed tiny white bugs and white power on the stems?
Are they harmfull to the plant?
If so how can I treat the problem....
Thanks so much
Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2003 9:10 am Posts: 1278 Location: Dallas,TEXAS
Could these be whiteflies? According to the Texas Bug Book by Howard Garrett and Malcolm Beck, '[Whiteflies] feed on the underside of leaves and secrete a honeydew that leads to sooty mold.'
Phosphorus deficient soils are a haven for these pests, so an application of colloidal phosphate to the soil would be in order. To kill on contact, spray garlic tea or garlic pepper tea and seaweed.
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Joined: Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:45 pm Posts: 2884 Location: San Antonio,TEXAS
It sounds like what the Texas Bug Book calls leaf hoppers. I talked to Bob Webster about it because I was having trouble finding anything that looked like it on the Internet. He said that these were so innocent that nothing needs to be done. If they are a fairly neutral bug, then I can see why there's nothing on the Internet about them. They just make the plant look bad.
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