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By Jwc

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I have an oleander in a pot that I brought inside for the winter. The branches are covered in little black scales and everything is extremely sticky. Any ideas?



A photograph of the problem would be very useful.

9 Feb, 2011


This sounds like an aphid infestation. Check underneath the leaves as this is where they will be hiding. The scales could be scale insect ( a sort of aphid too). These can be rubbed off with cotton wool dipped in meths.

9 Feb, 2011


If you can get imidacloprid (Provado, among others) in the granular form, applying that to the soil will also get rid of the scale, but it is slow-acting.

9 Feb, 2011

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