Plant Diseases/house plant ( parrot plant)
QUESTION: received parrot plant from friend. flowers fell off shortly after. noticed white crystals on the shaft and branches. plant seems to be healthy. what are the crystals?
Not sure what these "crystals" are w/o seeing. Can you take and send a closeup photo. At this point, I do not suspect a disease at play here. Doesn't sound like a familiar insect, however it may be some sort of plant exudate. You may try using a magnifying glass to get an upclose view to determine if it has "legs" or not.
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QUESTION: thanks for answer. the crystals look like sugar or salt. they brake up when you roll them between your fingers. I'll see if i can send photo. is there any ting you can do to make them flower? thanks
These crystals may be merely a plant exudate. Keep an eye on your plant for any signs of decline that may be associated with the areas where these crystals are.
As far as flowering, I can't help you too much here. You might wish to do an internet search and/or contact a garden center or nursery for their suggestions. Sometimes flowering can be associated with age/nutrition or environmental conditions.