PALMS/STICKINESS ON LEAVES - Knowledgebase Question

Question by sharonmarsha
October 10, 2006
My palms have a sticky substance that is on leaves and drips on floors. I have tried washing off, spraying for disease, but stickness continues. What is the problem?

Answer from NGA
October 10, 2006


Your palm is playing host to some insects - mealybugs or scales, probably. These pests feed by attaching themselves to the stems and sucking the fluids from the tissues of the plant. They exude a sticky substance called honeydew and the honeydew is what you're finding on the leaves and on your floor. Once you get rid of the pests, the honeydew problem will no longer exist. You'll need to carefully examine your plant, looking for the pests. Once you determine which it is, you can use a chemical control - or you can painstakingly pluck each pest from the plant with tweezers.

Best wishes with your palm!

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