How do you stop Psyllid on Lilly Pillys?

Have just moved to new home with established lillypilly hedges. Unsure how to treat psyllids or if it would be safe to prune and what to do with cuttings. Would appreciate some advice, thank you


01 August 2013 04:06 AM

Hi Suzanne,

The damage is done by a small insect which sucks sap from the new leaves that are forming on the lillypilly bush. Such sucking action causes the plant to develop oval lumps on the upper surface of the leaves, disfiguring and leaving an unattractive appearance. More often than not, you only notice this when the damage has been done. Right now, you can prune off the affected leaves and dispose of them. It is important to watch for the formation of new growth and when this new growth appears, these pests take advantage of weak and stressed plants. Help your plants to stay healthy by keeping the soil moist and feeding them regularly with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Psyllid resistant varieties of lilly pillies are also available.

Topics: Flowers and Ornamentals Issues: Pests