sticky begonia - Knowledgebase Question

new brunswick, Ne
Question by razzy9003
December 14, 2009
I have a begonia plant that was outside all spring and summer. It is doing very well in a nice sunny window, but the leaves are getting very sticky. What is this? Can it harm the plant? what should I do about it?

Answer from NGA
December 14, 2009


Sticky leaves are a sign that insects are feeding on your begonia. The pests could be aphids, mealybugs or scales. Carefully inspect your plant for colonies of insect pests. Sometimes you can wash them off with plain water - just hold your plant under a shower of tepid water to dislodge the pests. If you can't wash them off you may need to dab each one with a Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. Either way, the sticky droplets should stop appearing on the leaves. Best wishes with your begonia.

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