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Stubborn Scale Insect

Hi there,

  We have a rather stubborn scale inset issue on one of our conservatory plants. I have soaked the plant with a spray that should have seen them off twice, and tried a soil based solution, none of which have worked. Has anyone had this problem or know a way to deal with the problem?



  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Ordinary sprays no good, paint on methylated spirit. That’ll shift them. 
    My mum always used it on her houseplants. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,353
    Someone on here advised methylated spirits. T put it on with a stiff artist's acrylic/oil painting brush.  It worked for me but it was on a fig tree which has pretty tough leaves.  When I'd finished, I hosed it down with water.I
    I got them off the branches of a rosebush with a toothbrush and plain water.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Ben WainBen Wain Posts: 26
    Thanks for the pointers. will give methylated spirit a go :smile:

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,353
    Good luck😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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