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issue Cottony accumulation at nodes, stem, petioles

I’m not entirely sure it’s a problem, whether pest or fungus… could as easily be a harmless spider I haven’t seen before… but anyone know about this?



The plant shown here, a C. chinense ‘Habanero Marobie’, isn’t exactly thriving, but that’s been the case since before this showed up, and the parts most effected (shown above) aren’t otherwise visibly less healthy than the rest of the plant (the aborted pod in the first photo was prior to the “cotton”).

For those reasons, I ignored it for a while. Today, I noticed the beginnings of the same thing on a different plant (though not a direct neighbor or particularly nearby). Still ambiguous, but more worrying to me.

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I’m fairly confident the final identification is some form of wooly aphid. Everything matches, including the aphids! I had assumed the aphids I was seeing were a separate issue.

This resource agrees with the spraying off and other mild preventative measures. We’ll see!
I appreciate the response! It gives me a start. I agree it looks very spider-ish…

I’ve had red spider mites before, and these aren’t those… broad mites, maybe, or of course there are lots of others. What gives me pause is that I don’t think I’m seeing the symptoms shown on various diagnostic sites…

I’ll take better photos and see if I can separate the effected plants from the rest of the grow until I know better.
I’ve given everything in the general area a good spray upside the leaves. Maybe that will slow them down enough for the predators to keep up.

My strategy this year is to try to encourage the natural predators in the area to keep plant damage to an acceptable level, so if more techniques like this help, that’s perfect. And I’m fine with targeted killing! I use isopropyl alcohol a lot on the scale insect family, the primary pests in the succulent garden.

I’ll keep this thread posted until the issue revolves one way or another.