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cathawk
May 7, 2020 6:20 PM CST
Hi there, I recently became the proud owner of an Audrey Ficus, but have noticed a couple of issues with it in the past week. Recently, I was inspecting the plant and noticed that a couple of branches had scale on them. I would say there were a total of 20 of them. I scraped them off and threw them out. I've been checking over the plant every day and haven't come across any -- I think. There are a lot of bumps along the trunk of the plant and I am not sure if that is disease/infestation, or if it is just part of the tree. I did notice the bits come off easily. I've also noticed some slash-like scarring on some of the leaves. Finally , the other day I was watering the plant and noticed a few small fruit flies come out of the soil. Is this something to be worried about? I'm not an avid plant owner so all of this is quite new to me! I've included some photos. Any advice/comments would be greatly appreciated!


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 7, 2020 10:18 PM CST
Welcome!

Your Ficus looks really happy and healthy. I suspect your 'scale' infestation were just bumps on the trunk, not insects. Insects would be more likely to be attached to the backs of leaves, not the bark.

The tears look like the leaves were bent and permanently damaged.
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Victoria
cathawk
May 8, 2020 11:29 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Your Ficus looks really happy and healthy. I suspect your 'scale' infestation were just bumps on the trunk, not insects. Insects would be more likely to be attached to the backs of leaves, not the bark.

The tears look like the leaves were bent and permanently damaged.


Hi! Thanks for replying!! Bent leaves.. I never thought of that! Anyways, this morning I was looking over my plant and I found a few more scale, so I can actually post a photo! If I continue to inspect and scrape will this suffice? I can tell it's scale because they come off easily and the underside looks like little suckers. It's gross!


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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 8, 2020 4:26 PM CST
You are right, those are scale. You could try dabbing one with a rubbing alcohol soaked Q-tip to see if it has any affect.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Victoria
cathawk
May 8, 2020 6:19 PM CST
Okay, I will give that a try! I started looking really closely and I think I was able to spot some crawlers nearby, so I dabbed them as well. I will keep an eye out. Like I said there aren't very many so it should be manageable as long as I stay on top of it!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
May 8, 2020 7:10 PM CST
Yes, that would be the key phrase: "manageable as long as I stay on top of it!"

PS: You can use a systemic like granular Bonide. Don't follow the use instructions, just fill the pot. Don't use it if there's any chance of a pet or child eating the leaves.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
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