Meyer Lemon scabs & ants
MelMoo Posts: 14
in Fruit & veg
I have a Meyer lemon plant in a pot and it was growing quite nicely but I’ve come back off holiday to find it covered in ants and some of the stems have brown scabs growing on them. Is it ok? Can I get rid of the ants and, if so, how? I wouldn’t normally bother ants but there are so many of them that I think they are damaging the roots as it is only a young plant. I know I can move the pot but the ants will move with it!! Please help!!
The ants are feeding off the scale insects’ excreta.
I take it you want to eat the lemons. In which case, it’s not a good idea to spray the scale insects with insecticide. Instead, run your fingers and thumb up the stem and squash them. Very satisfying. They will comeback. Just repeat whenever you are in a bad mood about something else.
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.