Houseplants forum→Ficus black dots

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Feb 10, 2021 1:50 PM CST
We got a new ficus last year and moved it into our house.
Most of the leaves fell off from the bottom up and now there are black "domes" all over the plant. There are some leaves still at the top that look healthy and new leaves are starting at the tops of most of the branches.
Any advice?
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Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
Houseplants Birds
Feb 10, 2021 1:56 PM CST
I believe you have scale insects. You even have a great pic of what appears to be the "honeydew" they produce.

Sorry, I'm not sure what to do about them. Someone else will have more input. I could only Google. Good luck!
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Feb 10, 2021 8:08 PM CST
It is hard to tell from the photos if those are scale insects. However, there is another more serious problem if it has lost mots of its leaves.

How far away is the nearest window?

How do you determine when to water and how much do you provide?

Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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