The Q&A Archives: Sticky Palm

Question: I have a palm plant in my house that is sticky and makes the pot and floor sticky around it. How can I stop this?

Answer: I'd guess that there are insects feeding on your palm and they are excreting a substance commonly called 'honeydew'. Inspect the undersides of the leaves of your plant, looking for mealybugs, scale insects, aphids or whiteflies. Mealybugs look like cottony masses, scales are brown looking bumps, and aphids and whiteflies will flutter up if disturbed. If you find insects, try washing them off with plain water or gently wiping them off with a dampened soft cloth. Once you eliminate the sucking insects, the honeydew will no longer be produced.

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