Don’s Expert Answers: Problem on Chinese Tallows

Question From:
Rosina in West Leederville, Perth Western Australia

Nature of problem:
Problem on Chinese Tallows

Type of Plant (if known):
Chinese Tallows

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Have a whitest grey like knobs on Branches when squeezed red liquid comes out

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
Sand

How often do you water the plant:
twice a week

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
10 hrs

How long since you planted it:
15 yrs

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
No

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
outdoors

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
Ground

What other treatments have you given the plant:
none

Upload photo if available:

Other Comments:
Sending photo of my problem

Answer:
Thanks so much for the photo Rosina – it helps a lot. It is indeed a type of wax scale (maybe Pink Wax Scale), which is rare in Tallow trees. The infestation seems moderate, so follow my initial advice: deep watering once a week, fertilise with Osmocote granules in September and spray in November with Eco Oil. Don

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