Autumn can be a wonderful season of beautiful blooms, it can also be one of the worst seasons for aphids, scale and mealy bugs.
April – It begins
Autumn hit me and my plants harder than ever before this year. My succulent choices have a great deal to do with this ongoing problem. I was aware that Crassula Campfire was very well known for attracting mealy bugs but… because I love the look of it, I decided it was worth the pain. This part of the plant I decided was too far gone. I removed the entire section and sprayed with soap and metho combined with water in a spray bottle over the course of a week.
Rewards are Plentiful
When you are constantly observing your bug-prone succulents (I like to take macro shots of them as they tend to show more than the eye can see), you can detect problem areas early and keep them under control. Here is my Crassula Campfire, flowering and enjoying life after aphid and mealy removal and a good spray.
Mature Scale – Easy
Sedum Cherry Tart
My Sedum Cherry Tart is a gorgeous ground cover but, very attractive to aphids and mealy bugs. Autumn is their blooming season and the aphids and mealies know it! As they are growing and producing flowers, the mealies are very attracted to this, so a good ‘squish them when you see them’ is a great start. Aphids are deterred by their comrades’ deaths as they release a special odour that sends signals to the others, squish some and the others will be less likely to stay!