Friday, 19 April 2013
Bug or no bug, that's the question!!
If you look at the picture above, you will notice white residue on the stems of the plant but there is none evident on the leaves. I have done some research and initially thought it might be the Mealy Bug that is an insect that feeds off the moisture in plants. But after further investigation, I think it might in fact not be Mealy Bugs. The images I have seen of Mealy Bugs show that they are larger than the white residue found on my plant and the bugs move. The residue on my plant is not moving and it an be found on the roots as well. It looks like a powdery substance and comes off easily when scraped with a fingernail. After further research I have found similar situations and many think it might be a fungus that is not particularly harmful to the plant, but indicates that the plant is receiving too much moisture. The blog I read stated that the soil is getting too much water and therefore the fungus is growing. As mentioned, it will not harm the plant but too much moisture can cause root rot. So my question is if this is a fungus and not a Mealy Bug, will it cause root rot to my plant as it is only submerged in water and does not have soil to soak up the water? I surely hope this is not the case. Still the question remains: Bug or no bug?