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Jun 4, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Boston, MA
I repotted my Benjamina Ficus today because the leaves have been dropping like crazy. I noticed there were small white bugs at the top of the soil which I presume are either mealy bugs or root aphids? There were also clusters of these round white orbs around the roots a few inches below the soil. Any idea what these are?

I've been using room temp filtered water and have the plant inside where it gets plenty of indirect sun. I water it once to twice a week and it drains well into my saucer.
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Jun 4, 2020 2:51 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
The photo provides no scale so it is hard to assess the size of the globules. I suspect they may be the remains of timed released fertilizer.

Repotting is not going to help your Benjamina. It is a plant that needs to be in front of a sunny window where it gets at least several hours of direct sun each day. The lack of light plus your watering it too frequently is the cause of the leaf drop. Repotting will not solve either of those problems.
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Jun 5, 2020 6:15 AM CST
Boston, MA
Thanks for the response, I should have been clearer. The globules were 1/8 inch in diameter and filled with a liquid.

I've had the ficus for a month so the repotting was to give it a permanent home for the next year or so and remove the plastic container it came in.

I'll be sure to water it only when the soil dries out and give it more sun.
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Jun 5, 2020 8:01 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
I think those are fertilizer pellets and not a concern.

When kept indoors, Benjaminas rarely need repotting even after several years. If you find a nursery pot unattractive, double pot it into something more attractive, but leave the soil and roots undisturbed.
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