My cherry tomato plant has been showing some yellowing of leaves over the past week or so. Just today I noticed the formation of these cluster of white granules - not sure if it's connected to the yellowing or not. It looks like grains of salt more than anything else; if it's an insect of some sort, I can't get a close enough look to see any legs.
Can you help me identify and respond to this?
- They are stationary when poked
- They were getting more dense, so I took a toothbrush and knocked them off. They are fairly sticky, so that gook some doing. I'll wait to see if they return and examine more closely for legs.
- I was able to examine some white granules I'd missed earlier in detail under a magnifying glass, and couldn't find any signs of legs. At this point, the waxy response hypothesis seems like the most likely answer. I'll keep the question open for a few more days to see if the white granules return.
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