Asked by: Ardiel Venables
asked in category: General Last Updated: 12th March, 2020

Why are my ficus tree leaves sticky?

The sticky residue you're seeing on your ficus leaves (and floor) is a common symptom of scale insect infestations. The sticky substance is the honeydew excreted by the insects feeding on the "sap" inside the leaves.

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Likewise, how do you get rid of sticky residue on plants?

Using a soft cloth or cotton swab, apply 2 tsp. of dish detergent mixed with a gallon of water to the plant, then wipe it again with clean water. Alternatively, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab. Try to wipe away as many scales as possible without harming the plant.

One may also ask, how do I get rid of bugs on my ficus tree? Diluted dish soap can be used to kill aphids, mealybugs, scale insects and spider mites. Spray the entire ficus tree, paying special attention to the undersides of leaves and branch crotches. The soap kills the insects by smothering them. It must coat the insects, though, as it has no residual effect.

People also ask, why are the leaves on my plant sticky?

The cause of the sticky leaf is normally scale insects on the plant. Scale insects feed and suck sap (the juices) out of houseplants. The sticky residue on the leaves and floor is what they secrete and is a sticky substance called honeydw or sticky honeydew. Too often people only look at the top leaves.

Why is my ficus tree dripping sap?

Ficus oozing sap: This condition is caused by sucking pests, usually caused mealybugs and/or scale. Mealybugs look like small cottony clusters and scale look like bumpy white or black spots on the stems and body of the tree. If the tree isn't treated, it will probably die.

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