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Name: Elle
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Way2manyelles
Apr 28, 2020 5:43 PM CST
Hello Everyone!

I Have a beautiful 52 year old ficus, Living Indoors. Today I noticed tiny white bugs in the standing water in water dish! Tree was watered yesterday. Can you help me identify bug, also suggest treatment! I haven't seen any bugs on actual tree! But it's big could have missed them.

I have attached pictures & video! Solution needs to also consider moving her requires a dolly, she's heavy!

Thanks so very much!






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Apr 29, 2020 4:05 AM CST
NO photo. If your ficus is not being attacked on the leaves then I wouldn't worry at all. I wouldn't let my ficus sit in water ever.
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Name: Elle
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Way2manyelles
Apr 29, 2020 5:54 AM CST
Thank you! Let me try to post photos again! The standing water, is in dish, after watering! So maybe I'm watering to much each time! Thank You!
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 29, 2020 9:07 AM CST
Welcome! I'm not quite sure just what those critters are, but I doubt that they are causing any harm to your plant and they are unlikely to leave the pot and soil.

How do you decide when it is time to water your Ficus and how much water do you give it?
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Name: Elle
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Way2manyelles
Apr 29, 2020 9:21 AM CST
Good Morning WillC,

Thanks for the reply! I adopted the ficus a 4 months ago. I'm very new plant mom! The tree was at same home for 52 years, I was warned there my be signs of stress from the move. It appeared to take the move without any stress.

I been giving it water once a week, the tray does have standing after watering, which drys by next watering. 1/2 a watering can, I'm not sure oz, I will update the exact amount.

I do have a clearer video of the white bugs however site seems to not allow me to post.

Thanks again. Thank You!
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 29, 2020 9:31 AM CST
Don't worry about the video. The photos are clear enough.

As for watering, I suggest that you don't water until the top half-inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Then add just enough so that a very small amount starts to trickle through into the saucer. Ideally, you would give it just enough so that water reaches the bottom but no water trickles through. You may need to experiment a bit to figure out just what the right amount is. In any case, any water in the saucer should evaporate within a few hours.

Another concern is the available light. How far away is your tree from the nearest window? How does that compare to its previous window location?
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kittriana
Apr 29, 2020 9:55 AM CST
Look like maggots or silverfish, fyi
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Macrocentra
Apr 29, 2020 10:51 AM CST
Springtails!

They won't harm your plants. They're a common soil organism. I have them in my terrariums to help cycle my soil. They basically break down molds and other unwanted materials, and help cycle soils. They like humid environments, so they likely found their way to your plant if your soil is staying wet.

But they won't harm your plant. They're a beneficial soil organism. Smiling
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Apr 29, 2020 10:59 AM CST
I don't worry if my ficus has an inch or less of water in saucer right afrer watering. It's generally soaked up by next day. But I don't water again until I can stick my finger into the soil and have it feel dry (2-3 inches below surface). If you thoroughly water a big container, it may not need watering again for another 2-3 weeks.

Water in the saucer is almost a must for a rootbound plant.. otherwise water runs right through before roots have a chance to absorb it. Not saying your plant is rootbound, but I know mine is due for root pruning and new potting mix or for a bigger pot!

The pot for my ficus is 20", as big as I want to go, so I keep the top pruned also.
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