Last week in the grocery store I wandered over by the floral section to have a look. A pot of cyclamen caught my eye because of the pink colour with purple tips and I thought to myself that it would be a practice project for my macro lens.
Yesterday I began taking some photos and as I was looking in and around the plant for different angles I looked more closely at the leaves. As I had this horror some years back that infected all of my orchids I was ready to pitch these beauties in the garbage quick. If you look in the bottom right corner of the mosaic you will see that the leaves had a coating of white sooty looking spots. I got out the magnifying glasses out to make sure but it was the dreaded houseplant insect called “scale”. It’s appearance looks like a little wooly egg shaped creature. It will destroy the plant and any other plants in the same space. An application of straight alcohol was applied with paper towel to the leaves and it is now quarantined away from any other plants. If the scale returns the plant will be in this weeks trash.
When you are in the store and thinking about bringing a plant home look at the leaves to make sure you are not bringing this insect home with you.
I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday. Have a great week.