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What are these white things on this cycad? Are they some kind of bugs, or are they seeds?

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  • In a pot, use potting soil, not regular soil. There is far too much water in that crock also. It should have drainage holes. Pests like scale avoid plants that are at their healthiest, so improving conditions will help the plant stay pest-free. – J. Musser Nov 13 '14 at 19:47
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That picture is of a cycad plant and it has a minor infestation of scale.

  • Provide good drainage for the plant so it doesn't sit in water. .The pot should have drainage holes
  • Scale can be controlled with soap and water but it takes diligence and repeated applications so you can catch the juveniles after they hatch. See here for more details
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  • On a small plant like that, you can also try hand-picking. – J. Musser Nov 13 '14 at 19:52
  • Soap and water is not very effective from what I have experienced. But following a wash recipe online, I rescued a fiscus from a major scale attack. I used soap, water, and rubbing alcohol. It penetrated the waxy coating I think. Leaves need to be tested though. The shiny surface of the ficus was unharmed, but a more supple leaf may get damaged. – Evil Elf Nov 17 '14 at 14:04
  • Soap and water can have limited effectiveness if you do not repeat the applications. But..rubbing alcohol does help if added to the mix – kevinsky Nov 17 '14 at 20:59

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