Ah! Echeveria ‘after glow’ growing so beautifully with new offsets growing around the sides. I thought it will be so awesome to see a few of this beauty all in one clump. Take a closer look. It is not all so perfect after all. Notice that white cottony thing on the flower stem? It is Mealy bugs. Further check around the base reveals more infestations. Sadly, I had to take this apart.
Underneath all that beauty are Mealy bugs and rotted stem. You just never know what you will find behind an infested plant. I removed the plants from the container, and carefully placed the discarded soil along with other infested parts of the plants in a plastic bags.
Let the clean up begin. All plants were so infested that I decided to simply take all the pieces and wash them in a bucket of water mixed with dish soap and few drops of bleach. This is not the best way to do this on Echeveria ‘after glow’ because during the process, the powdery layer which is part of the beauty of this plant will be washed away. Let’s see if I can at least save the plants.
These bad guys are so clever. They are trying to hide at the nodes which makes it hard to remove. With the help of painter’s brush, I think I was able to remove them all. It takes a lot of patience to do this.
Here they are, all cleaned up and waiting to dry up. They will go under observation to make sure that all infestations were removed. In the next two weeks or when it is safe to plant, they will be planted directly in the garden instead of the pot. Hopefully I can report back to you with a success story.
~ till next time ~