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Eep! What's this on my chard?

I've got some chard growing in containers in my backyard. It's been doing OK for a year, but now it's winter so it's only getting partial sun. Today I noticed that one container is looking a bit sadder than the other. When I went to examine it, I found this:

something on my chard

They look like little brown-black egg cases or something. Anyone know what they are, or how to get rid of them without giving up on the plants?


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Posted by mkli on July 04, 2013 at 07:37

Hi Alex,

They first made me think of parasitised aphids, but they're not brown like I've usually seen. If that's what they are, then it's a good thing and you should leave them alone to turn into more parasitic wasps that will control aphids in your garden.

Otherwise, can you post a higher resolution photograph?


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Posted by FedericoMenaQuintero on August 14, 2013 at 03:38

Did you figure this out?

My magic book says it's scale insects. You can rub them away with soapy water or rubbing alcohol; that should take care of eggs or invisible crawlers.

There are preventive measures; I haven't read that part yet.

["What is wrong with my plant? (And how do I fix it?)", Deardorff and Wadsworth]

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Posted by Skud on August 18, 2013 at 09:54

@FedericoMenaQuintero: I think you're right! However, at the time what I wound up doing was just pulling the affected chard, as it was getting pretty old and wouldn't last much longer anyway. Next time, if I see it again, I'll know what to do.

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Posted by dunia on August 29, 2013 at 13:17

Since it was chard (which has soft leaves), I think you took the right action as it looked quite infested! Otherwise, suggest you mix this up: