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House Plants/my question is about my dolphin plant


friend of mine gave me a start the plan is doing beautiful have all kinds of orange flowers but now I'm getting little white balls can you tell me what they are

Hi Peggy,

"Little white balls" could mean many things, but I will make an educated guess that if they feel like tiny bits of cotton and are soft and squishy, then they are mealybugs.

If you confirm that this is an accurate description of what you seeing, let me know and I will provide information on how to treat mealybugs.

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