Thanks for the input. I'll give it a shot.
On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 03:52:25 +1000, len gardener
<gardenln at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>sounds like scale insect, this can be treated by a product we call
>white oil it is a petroleum based product, i think over your way it is
>called dormant oil (could be wrong). if there isn't many of them and
>they aren't right down into the base of the frond stems you can just
>scrape them off with your finger nail etc.,.
>>if using the petrolium product i always use it at 1/4 recommended
>strength, and give all the fronds and the top of the palm a good
>spraying, the oil could cause some spotting of the fronds but new
>fronds will grow and the palm will look good again.
>>do this treatment outside the house so the palm will need somewhere
>out of the affects of the weather while the treatment works. you will
>most likely find you have ants in the pot that is the most likely
>cause of the infestation, so you will need to get rid of the ants, i
>usually do this by soaking the pot in water for a day or 2 no longer.
>place the potted plant into a recepticle ie.,. laundry tub with the
>plug in fill with water until wat reaches the top of the pot, keep
>topping up the water until the potting medium is saturated and the
>water level stays up. after this let the pot drain.