Now here’s a story with a happy ending. I thought this jasmine plant was on it’s way out. It was covered in white patches that I figured was some disease or something. Come to find out the white patches are caused by mealybugs.
I was just about to put some expensive insect killer in my cart when I asked the young girl waiting on me at the garden center if that particular spray would be good for getting rid of mealybugs on a jasmine plant. Instead of selling me the product, she recommended a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol to one part water and spray it directly on those areas of the plant.
Fast forward one day later and my plant is recovering from a hangover. (Thanks very much. I will be here all week!)
But seriously, the white patches are clearing up and jasmine plant seems to be on the mend.
Quick Tip for House Plant Care
So thanks to her, I have this cheap tip for the day: To get rid of mealybugs on house plants try spraying your plant with a rubbing alcohol/water solution. I’ve also read about a soap and water spray, but that didn’t seem to be working. Those mealybugs apparently have no tolerance for alcohol!
What’s your favorite house plant?
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