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I read your problem,
In my opinion, there is the problem of light to the plant,
As far as I Know, *Ficus benjamina* is not an indoor plant, so leave the
plant in the sunlight for some days and do not let the soil dry. If it does
not work, you have to take the help of a plant pathologist.


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On Feb 10, 1:05 pm, " 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

Unidentified disease in Ficus Benjamina
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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
- third, what in this case I should do to cure my ficus.
Many thanks for your help.


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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.


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