What is this on my gardenia?

Asked August 17, 2019, 9:17 PM EDT

What is this on my gardenia? This isnt my pic but is exactly what I am seeing on my plant. I tried spraying it with neem oil but now it has lost most of its leaves. Is this a mite, fungus or something else? Not sure what to do at this point or even if its possible to save at this point.

Houston County Texas

1 Response

Looks like scale. Scale is an insect. Neem oil does work, however if applied during the heat of the day, it will burn the foliage. This is why it must be applied early morning or late evening. Now you must wait for it to push out new foliage. Considering the cost of the plant to replace, you might think about doing this instead.