[NAFEX] scale on Myers Lemon

Doreen Howard gardendiva at charter.net
Fri Sep 12 17:25:13 EDT 2003


Ginda,
I get scale on my orchids that also summer outdoors and come inside to bloom
for winter.  The best way I've found to kill scale is to dab them with a
cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol.  You may have to do this 2 or 3
times, but the process does kill them.  Also, flush the pot in which the
lemon resides thoroughly before bringing it indoors.  Hope this helps.
Doreen Howard
No. IL, where we are FINALLY getting some much needed rain.

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Subject: [NAFEX] scale on Myers Lemon


> I have a myers lemon that lives in a pot through the winter, and in the
> ground when it's not too cold - it will probably come inside in about a
> month.
>
> I noticed that it seems to have picked up some scale this summer.  I
> haven't had scale on this plant before, but my experience with other
> houseplants is that it gets much worse when a plant goes indoors.  Any
> suggestions of how to combat the scale?  It is obviously a plant we eat
> from, but it doesn't currently have any fruit on it (the two that were
> growing fell prematurely, possibly because of the scales living near
> the fruit stems.)
>
> There aren't many scales on it right now, but I've tried picking them
> off manually in the past without much luck.  The young insects are
> transparent, and have a bad habit of hanging out in crevices and other
> hard-to-see places.  I did end an infestation of something that looked
> like wooly algelid on this plant by removing every bug by hand over a
> two week period - I went over it leaf by leaf three or four times.
> (It's not very big.)  But I don't know if that will be good enough for
> scale.
>
> Thanks,
> Ginda Fisher
> zone 6, eastern MA
>
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