The fuzzy white substances are mealy bugs, one of the most common pest problems for succulents and a stubborn one that requires a long and thorough fight to get rid of them.
One may also ask, how do you care for a wooly Senecio?
For a succulent, the Woolly Senecio has very average watering needs. The soak and dry method work best as the plant is prone to damage from overwatering. It can lead to root rot or over-long and leggy stems. So be careful with your plant and let the soil dry completely before watering it again.
Likewise, people ask, why is my succulent fuzzy?
The tiny hairs that make up the ‘fuzz’ can be damaged, leaving the plant exposed to direct sunlight where it can be burned. So if you have fuzzy leaved succulents, water with ‘tempered’ water only, and use rainwater or water from an air conditioner. This will make sure that it has no minerals in.
Why does my cactus have white fuzz?
If you spot white fuzz on your cactus plants, you’re most probably dealing with a pest infestation. As the population of these bugs grows on your cacti, they gather and group together. Since they have cotton-like wax surrounding their bodies, this clumping together appears like white fuzz.
The first of these is to propagate via leaves. Simply gently twist off a leaf from the stem of the plant and leave it to dry out for a couple of days. Then place the leaf on soil and mist every few days. Within a couple of weeks, roots should start to appear.
These are drought tolerant plants that are used to extremely dry conditions. To avoid overwatering, allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. When you do water, try to avoid getting water on the leaves. In the winter, the plant’s growth slows considerably, so water very sparingly.
The Senecio cocoon plant, botanically called Senecio haworthii, is a small shrub-like specimen, growing upright to 12 inches (30 cm.) in its native South African conditions. A perennial plant, this succulent has most appealing white foliage, making it a must-have in the serious collection.