Unidentified disease in Ficus Benjamina

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Mon Feb 7 00:29:14 EST 2005


That's called false cause, Sherlock.

Leaf drop is a common problem for Ficus benjamina, especially in the dead of 
winter.

Do a Google search for enlightenment.

You didn't discover anything new at all.


"bruno m" <61cygni at freesurf.fr> wrote in message 
news:ee6e4a49.0502060152.12366e4b at posting.google.com...
> Hi everyone,
> I have an indoor cultivated ficus benjamina which used to grow
> perfectly well until a few weeks ago, when its leaves started (by
> great numbers) to turn yellow and fall. I first thought that I was
> giving it too much water so I stopped watering it but it didn't change
> anything to its plight.
> Having a closer look to it I observed a strange thing, which I think
> maybe the cause of the 'disease': accumulation of dried latex
> specifically located under the petiole of the leaves. Almost all
> leaves have the symptom. Sometimes the part of the leaf attached to
> the petiole seems wet or greasy, as if latex had leaked on it. Usually
> there are dark scars underneath the dried latex beads, sometimes there
> are scars and dried latex elsewhere too on the leaves. No visible
> bugs, even under a magnifying glass.
>
> Pictures of the symptome are visible at
> http://www.brunodenis.freesurf.fr/ficus/1.jpg
> http://www.brunodenis.freesurf.fr/ficus/2.jpg
> http://www.brunodenis.freesurf.fr/ficus/3.jpg
> http://www.brunodenis.freesurf.fr/ficus/4.jpg
>
> Does anyone know:
> - first, if the latex bead syndrom is common?
> - second, if is it the sign of a disease and related to leaves
> dropping?
> - third, what in this case I should do to cure my ficus.
> Many thanks for your help.
> Bruno 





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