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heavily infested small tree

 
marcela santander
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I`ve tried for it`s rescue three ys. now, but the bugs don`t go. (*) So... can I use this tree with the bugs and all to start a högel bed? The tree is an Abutilón, which I love a lot.

(*)It might be called "agropecten" in english. It`s an insect, males fly, but females stick on trees, forming colonies, covered with a sitcky matter.
 
Zach Muller
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Maybe you could chop up your infested tree and put it where chickens can eat the bugs?

Or just leave them be and think of the tree as a bug trap?
 
Bob Dobbs
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Sounds like the evil scale. Scrape 'em away with a q-tip (or fingers) and isopropyl alcohol, coat stems but not leaves with vegetable oil & soap emulsion, repeat like an obsessive compulsive person. Pick them off repeatedly.


I love abutilon. Especially the red ones. Maybe try a cutting in water, may be easier to kill the scale.
 
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