How does one get rid of soft brown scale on a Sarracenia? Mine is a S. purpurea. I know they are sensitive to contamination so I'm afraid to try a spray or a systemic insecticide. On my non-carnivores, I have had good luck with fish emulsion, but I am pretty sure I don't want to spray that on my Sarracenia.
I have tried manually removing the scale. I cut off the pitchers that were most infested in order to thin out the crowns, and then wiped the remaining pitchers down with Q-tips. I went over them on a weekly basis with a 30x lens to remove newly settled scale. I thought they were gone. Winter came and I forced a dormancy, and now have the plant growing again. Both crowns are producing new pitchers and last week I found young settled scale.
Is there any way to get rid of them? This is my 3rd year with this plant. I bought it in one of the "death cubes" from Lowes and turned it into a nice, good-looking, vigorous plant. It is a working plant that eats unwanted bugs, and it has been very good to me. I would like to save it from this scale menace. If it were not a carnivore I would know what to do, but it is and I don't. Any advice would be appreciated.