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Old 08-30-2007, 08:47 AM
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Foamy white stuff on my plants - HELP!!


Last week I noticed white foamy stuff on my tomato plants and sprayed them.

Now I have it on my rosemary and a couple of different flowers!

Help!!!!

I need to know what it is and get rid of it.

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:35 AM
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I am not sure what it is other than an insect laying eggs and the foamy stuff protects the eggs from predators. I have had this on my plants in the past and it never did any damage to them. As a Master Gardener who uses Integrated Pest Management for any disease or insect problem, using toxic chemical sprays is more harmful than good when the problem doesn't warrant it. Just hit it with a sharp hose spray if you don't want to see it , it's just that easy.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:06 PM
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I've had foamy white stuff in my gardens before, but it was always on the ground. In my case, it was a harmless fungus that dies a few days later. It was growing in the hardwood mulch mix I had spread on the beds.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:51 PM
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Thanks~


I do understand about pesticides. I have had a problem with Bloom Rot on my tomatoes this year and have had to spray them.

I don't spay any other pesticides!

I will wash away the foam tonight~~

Thank you both. I was just afraid of being infested!!

The mosquitos, flies and fleas have been bad enough this year......

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Old 10-10-2007, 02:33 AM
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Bloom rot on tomatos is normally caused by a calcium defency.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:48 PM
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It's called spittle bug! The mass of bubbles is called "spittle" and is where the insect gets its name. Most of the time the spittle bugs are completely hidden inside the spittle. Spittle bugs normally do not achieve high enough populations to cause damage.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:45 AM
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We see this white foam occasionally in our garden. My husband always says be careful because it's "snake spit." I've found no snakes or proof that any snakes have been in the garden, but careful nonetheless. The foam seems to go away by afternoon or the next morning.
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Hi Irisgirl, welcome to Plant Swap, very glad to have you with us.

"Snake Spit" is something that it's sometimes called, but erin3598 is exactly right about the Spittle bugs (Leaf Hopper nymphs).
There is some fine information about them HERE.

Still, it's always a good idea to keep a sharp eye out while you are in your garden.
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But I have it on a flower just a flower inside my house in my room not in a pot is it spittle bugs o: Cuz I just noticed that it had white things on the stem so I'm a bit concerned
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:13 PM
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I just found this stuff all over my mint, by my air conditioner.....looks like someone just spit all over my mints....should I still use them in my tea? Just rinse it off??? Someone, HELP! Hope I don't have snakes under my AC unit....I live in town though....
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:58 PM
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I've seem this once in a while. It/they will spread to other plants, if I find it on a potted plant I keep it away from the other till it can be dealt with. I used a squirt of wasp/hornet spray on a couple of my plants and it took care of it and a white fly infestation. It was all I had in the house. I need to mix up some seven dust and spray them all cause I'm getting over run with earwigs. Aggravating pests.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:09 AM
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I just was the stuff away, I never knew the name of the bug that did that, I don't like the idea it is leaf hopper larvae....or nymphs...lol don't like those on my roses.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:14 AM
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I agree Sharon, the dang things like some of my houseplants that are outside for the summer too. Pretty sure that's what has been eating on my Ti plant, sea holly, and petunias.
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