Identification: Need to know the plant's name the infection it has

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  1. Sarosh

    Sarosh Active Member

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    Hello,

    My parents bought this plant about 4 months ago, it was missing the tag, so I do not know the name and hence how should I take care of it. It gets direct sunlight for only 15 minutes everyday. I was wondering if anyone knows its name so I could take better care of it.

    It also seems to be infected very badly and I’m very worried about it. It has all those white powder-like cluster spreading all over its branches. I’m attaching photos. Can any one tell me what is happening to it and how can I help this plant to live healthy? I posted almost similar post about a month ago but that time I did not have my camera with me so the pictures I posted were blurry and no one could help me much, but some one told me to apply rubbing alcohol at the infected places, I did that but it did not help. I love this plant and would appreciate all the help I can get.

    Thank you so much in advance
     

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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Use Bayer Advanced Garden Tree & Shrub Insect Control (Imidacloprid )
    drench the soil & foliage. Do this outdoors and don't bring
    it in until the foliage is completely dry. (Mealy bugs)

    HTH
    Chris
     
  3. JanetW

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    Could this plant be an Oleander? Mealy bugs for sure.
     
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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Yes it's Oleander, so one might reasonably say it's too
    toxic to be in the house where a child or pet may have
    access to it. One thing is certain though if it doesn't start
    getting much more light it'll die sooner than later.

    Regards
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  5. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Not on a cold day, though!! It won't like any sudden drop in temperature.
     
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    thank you so much guys...thanks a lot.
    Well the weather is turning cold so i hope i get a little warm day soon so i can take it outside and spray it.
    Thanks again...i feel so relieved already =)
     
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  7. Chuck White

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    I second oleander, and it wants MUCH more light than it is getting. I can't see the critters sufficiently well to determine whether they are cottony cush scale or mealy bugs. The treatment is the same for both. If you can't take the plant outside due to temperature, you might try Safer Soap insect spray. (At least a couple of times, a week apart).
     
  8. Sarosh

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    Thanks Chuck
    im worried about the light issue as well, even though i have 2 windows in my living room, they both dont let sufficient light come in, so do you think artificial light could work ?
    About the safer soap spray you suggested, is there any name you could me or i can just ask the sales person in the local plant shop and they would know ?
    Thanks again.
     
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    Sarosh: "Safer" is a commercial trade name. They make insectides, fungicides, etc., and are available in most garden centers. As a rule, they are gentle on you AND the environment. A 24 inch, two tube florescent light suspended over the plant and running at least 12 hours each day will work wonders.
     
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    Oo i see, thanks for all the info Chuck.
    thanks alot.
    =)
     
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    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Thanks Liz =)
     

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