[Plant-biology] Re: Disease in Ficus Benjamina

bguiol from gmail.com via plantbio%40net.bio.net (by bguiol from gmail.com)
Sat Feb 23 16:24:03 EST 2008


On Feb 10, 1:05 pm, "ppar... from hughes.net" <ppar... from hughes.net> wrote:
> I found this email to you and it describes exactly symptoms I have
> found on three ficus in my great room.  I need help.  I don't know what
> it is or how to treat it.   I do know I am losing a lot of leaves every
> day.
>
> Unidentified disease in Ficus Benjamina
> bruno m 61cygni at freesurf.fr
> Sun Feb 6 04:52:06 EST 2005
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> 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.
>
> 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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hi it should be MEALY BUGS.don t wait to much. You have to spay an
insect killer with Malathion or that kind of product. First try to
remove carefully with a tissue this white latex and then spray. i hope
this will be helpful.
Brigitte


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