Dripping Ficus Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Petersburg, TN
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Question by tradams
August 2, 1999
I have a ficus tree (weeping fig) that I have had about 3
years. It have started to drip sticky stuff off of it and
is getting all over my floors and walls. Please help, I
love my tree and it is beautiful, but I can't stand the mess.

Answer from NGA
August 2, 1999
You might want to inspect the undersides of the leaves and the stems again, looking for white cottony masses or brown bumps. Feeding insects can excrete a sticky substance called honeydew. If you still can't find mealybugs or scale insects, your Ficus may be getting too much water. When tissues become engorged, the excess moisture can seep through natural openings in the leaves. Water your Ficus when the top of the soil just begins to dry out, but don't keep the soil soggy wet. Hope this helps remedy the situation!

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