Thread: Scale all over my magnolia!!!

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  1. #1

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    Scale all over my magnolia!!!

    Hello,
    I have a gorgeous magnolia that blooms like a champ every year. I planted it about fifteen years ago. This spring it is COVERED with "scale" little shell like bugs that I have only ever seen in this quantity in green houses and on house plants. Should it be sprayed, ignored, or chopped down?
    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Oak
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    RE: Scale all over my magnolia!!!

    Yes, that can be quite a problem on Magnolia. Certainly don't chop it down!

    Horticultural oils or insecticides can be very effective at controlling magnolia scales, but the timing of application is essential, to get them when they're in their vulnerable "crawler" stage. See this page for more information.

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