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Thrips on Ponytail Palm

Thrips on Ponytail Palm
Posted by Annie (bertoady@hotmail.com) from VT on 2002-06-25 12:05:46

I had noticed that the leaves of my ponytail palm had pale stripes on them, and as I looked closer, saw tiny black thrips in abundance! What's the best approach to take with these creatures?
Thank you for any ideas.
  • thrips
    Posted by Will Creed, Horticulturist from NY on 2002-06-25 15:58:10

    Hi Annie,

    Spray all of the leaves, top and bottom, with a solution of soapy water until they are dripping wet. Be careful to get lots of soapy water into the joints where the leaves are attached to the stem. Repeat this treatment in 5 to 7 days and again after that, if necessary.

    Quoting Annie: ------------
    -I had noticed that the leaves of my ponytail palm had pale stripes on them, and as I looked closer, saw tiny black thrips in abundance! What's the best approach to take with these creatures?
    -Thank you for any ideas.

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    • Soapy Water
      Posted by Annie from VT on 2002-07-01 14:59:06

      Hi Will,

      Do you think that insecticidal soap would do them in more quickly/thoroughly/better in any way than just a solution of dish soap and water? Thanks! Annie

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