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Old 01-21-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Balt / DC / ATL / SF / Seattle
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I have an indoor dwarf improved meyer lemon tree and I've been fighting scale for the past few months now. I understand how it works, but if the amount of scale I keep finding is any indication, they should remarket this as Scale Viagra. Every couple of weeks, I remove as much scale as I can remove easily, haul the tree into the shower and spray it down, let it dry and spray it with neem. I realize that "natural" extermination through predators would be the way to go, but if I put it outside, I have to worry about ants that are going to be attracted and neighbors helping themselves to my lemons, because it's a common back courtyard (hardly anyone goes out there, but I'd still be irritated if they went missing). I had orange trees in containers when I was in the Southeast, but I had to drag them back in for the winter, so I've never had any fruit that made it to maturity. I have 11 nice meyer lemons and 3 of them are almost ripe, so I'm pretty excited. Do you have any other suggestions for what I'm doing or any alternative methods? I want something safe because I plan on eating these suckers.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I have an indoor dwarf improved meyer lemon tree and I've been fighting scale for the past few months now. I understand how it works, but if the amount of scale I keep finding is any indication, they should remarket this as Scale Viagra. Every couple of weeks, I remove as much scale as I can remove easily, haul the tree into the shower and spray it down, let it dry and spray it with neem. I realize that "natural" extermination through predators would be the way to go, but if I put it outside, I have to worry about ants that are going to be attracted and neighbors helping themselves to my lemons, because it's a common back courtyard (hardly anyone goes out there, but I'd still be irritated if they went missing). I had orange trees in containers when I was in the Southeast, but I had to drag them back in for the winter, so I've never had any fruit that made it to maturity. I have 11 nice meyer lemons and 3 of them are almost ripe, so I'm pretty excited. Do you have any other suggestions for what I'm doing or any alternative methods? I want something safe because I plan on eating these suckers.
I don't have any solutions but I did get a good laugh out of your last line...
good luck ! I have scale really bad and I live in Florida.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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If you time it right, you can treat scale with horticultural oil. Scale insects go thru several life stages and you have to spray before they form their protective "shell". The exact timing of the spray depends on the variety of scale on your plants. Your local county extension agency should be able to give you more details.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Balt / DC / ATL / SF / Seattle
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Thanks for the tip about the extension agency! I've started turning the shower massage up way high and it seems to be blasting off the scale somewhat without losing leaves or fruit, so I'm hoping that's helping. I noticed some new leaves forming today and one of my lemons is ready to pick any day now, with a couple more not far behind.
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