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by Pie eater........ on November 28, 2005 06:02 AM
I have little black lumps on my avocado seedling, they fall off if you rub the stem, but they come back the next day. Does anyone know how to get rid of them?

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by weezie13 on December 01, 2005 08:29 AM
Pie Eater,
Cute name.....luv it!!!!

I'm not too sure about your plant,
but there are few here that do know
about Avacado's...

In the meantime, if you do a FORUM SEARCH
and type in AVACADO, I'm sure you'll get
a few posts to come up....

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Pie eater........ on December 03, 2005 03:20 PM
Thanks

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by Longy on December 03, 2005 06:25 PM
It could be scale insect. Do they squish under your fingers? As it's a small plant, just keep removing them by hand. Are there ants on the plant or in the pot? Ants move them about and 'farm' them to use the sweet secretions they secrete.
If you wipe the leaves and stem with whiteoil or pestoil (diluted in water) it will help keep them away. Don't put the plant in the sun after doing this. Or do it on a cool afternoon. The sun can heat the oil and blister the leaves.

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by peppereater on December 04, 2005 09:44 AM
Longy...are you sure ants move scale insects? I thought they only moved aphids. [dunno]
by Longy on December 04, 2005 10:07 PM
LOL. Yeah I'm sure Pepper. Though don't take my word for it. Do a google. (They also do the same with mealy bug. Probably any other sap sucker which exudes 'honeydew' as well.)

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