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By Ptaghavi
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Hello everyone,
About 2 months ago I added a baby Heliamphora Heterodoxa X minor to my collection.
Since then, it seems that it is barely growing and it grew two tiny pitchers but three big ones died at the same time.
I knew something is wrong with it until today that I saw what it seems a mealy bug!!!
I have never had these in my plants. Is it possible that this bug is the cause of my Heliamphora declining?
I just saw one on the pitcher, but I don’t know what am I supposed to do now!
Do I need to change the soil? I haven’t changed it since I received it, it was originally received potted.
Please share your knowledge with me I am freaking out :?
Thank you
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By Panman
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Immediately isolate it from other plants. Spray with Bioadvanced 3-in-1 weekly until they are gone. Just another gift from CPN.
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By Panman
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Ptaghavi wrote:Thank you for your answer. Do I need to repot the plant too? Or it is not necessary at this stage?
I would repot. Mealy bugs get into every nook and cranny and their eggs are super small and very easy to spread. I'd remove it from the pot and wash the entire plant to remove any soil or eggs that may be attached. Repot into a good heli grow mix and bag it for a week or so. When you wash it, be sure to clean every crevice, perhaps with a cotton swab or something like that. You can also use BioAdvanced Rose and Flower Insect Killer. I haven't used it personally but it was recommended by another person on the forum who has used it on helis.
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By MikeB
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In addition to spraying the plant, I would give it a good soil drench with the insecticide. There are some types of mealy bugs that feed on the plant's roots.
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