Sticky Ficus

Beth Vining bvining at
Fri Oct 2 16:15:18 EST 1998

Yes that's true, and fortunately the treament is the same. Re-apply as necessary.
Monique Reed wrote:

> Scale insectss will do the same thing.  Look for little brown or gray bumps on
> leaves and stems.
> M. Reed
> >Mealybugs - leaf sap suckers that omit "honeydew" - excess sugar as a by product
> >of their munch feast. They become less mobile as the mature and develop a waxy
> >cottony coating. They lay egg masses that are white fuzzy spots. You can use a
> >insecticidal soap - I've used Safers - or soapy water. Or rubbing alcohol . Just
> >wash the leaves off  - and sometimes stems. Look for the egg masses.  It's
> >pretty effective. Sometimes there will be egg masses on the soil surface in the
> >pot too.
> > A bad case can defoliate a ficus pretty fast so get on it.
> >Kenzie wrote:
> >> We have had a ficus for a couple of months now, and I have only just noticed
> >> that the leaves are very sticky.  The floor around the plant is quite sticky
> >> as well.  We have another ficus in a different room, but don't seem to have
> >> this problem.
> >> I can't see any beasties on it, but I guess that doesn't mean they aren't
> >> there!
> >> Can anybody suggest what the problem might be and how to rectify it??
> >>
> >> Thanks!!

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