Posted 1Y ago by @mvzieleg

Are these aphid eggs?#aphids #sweetpotatovine

My sweet potato plant has been recovering from a green aphid infestation that caused him to lose all his leaves over winter (or maybe he was just hibernating lol).

I ended up treating it with a pyrethrin solution at the start of spring, and he's doing great now, growing super fast. I have, however, noticed these odd protruding dots on some of his leaves.

I read that aphids only lay eggs in winter, but I am not sure what else these could be. Does anyone know if these are actually eggs, and how I should help my plant out with this?
10” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 year ago
Best Answer

The photo in the second link looks quite like yours.

Seems like it might be a problem of indoor sweet potatoes, as a way of coping with something in the environment, maybe excess water. It doesn't really look like bugs or eggs or the trails of leaf miners. Would be good to get a magnifying glass and try to see them in more detail.
Are you planning to keep it indoors or transfer to outside?πŸ’šπŸŒΏ
Oh nooo! I'm battling them on my roses right now. I'm pulling and spraying them off EVERYDAY
They don't look like eggs to me.. can you get an even closer photo? πŸŒΏπŸ’š
I'll try getting a closer one in daylight tomorrow
that does look like some tiny pest but I can't tell what either. has it been inside? more photos may help someone recognize the culprit. it reminds me a bit of white flies. do you see a bunch of tiny white gnats about?
Tag me if you post another photo πŸ™πŸŒΏπŸ’š
@LuxuryMint So my phone camera doesn't let me get much closer, but here are some other affected leaves. The protrusions seem to turn dark and dry out over time?
@WayoutRanch right now I don't see any moving creatures anymore. It's only lived inside (was originally a supermarket sweet potato that I forgot to eat).
@LuxuryMint thank you so much for the research 😊, I think that is exactly the issue. I have no outdoor space in my apartment, so he'll continue indoors, but I'll try to adjust watering and keep monitoring closely. Very relieved that it's probably not a pest and that the aphids are actually gone 😌 thanks again for the help, also to other people who commented! πŸ’šπŸŒ±