Plant ID forum: What is this?

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Name: Pamela Gordon
Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a)
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lushkie52
Jul 18, 2018 12:50 PM CST
I just noticed this sappy moisture on a single branch. What is it and shoukd I be concerned. I think this us a ficus. It is indoors near a window and otherwise appears to be doing well. Is actively growing.
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Name: Bill
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BigBill
Jul 18, 2018 1:17 PM CST
It is Honeydew.
When a plant is happy and growing well, a by-product Of photosynthesis if you will is a simple sugar- honeydew.
If you remember from grade school, sunlight+ chlorophyll= a simple sugar. Sometimes the extra sugar gets deposited on the outside parts of the plant. If you taste it, it should be sweet!
It is a GOOD thing.
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Name: Pamela Gordon
Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a)
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lushkie52
Jul 18, 2018 1:21 PM CST
Thank you BigBill! I appreciate your response. That reassures me. Overall, I had thought this was a "happy" plant ... it seems to be thriving. Looking forward to joining the garden.org community :-)
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 18, 2018 1:34 PM CST
PS: its a Schefflera, not a Ficus. Smiling
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Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jul 18, 2018 1:37 PM CST
You are welcome lushkie.
This is a great site.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 18, 2018 1:44 PM CST
Your plant is a Money Tree or Pachira aquatica. The sticky beads are not honey dew they are a product of guttation. Honey dew is secreted by insect pests such as scale. Guttation is the natural process by which plants release the pressure of excess water or sap. It is not a problem.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2018 1:59 PM CST
I agree, that lovely plant is Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) and the liquid water beads are due to guttation:
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Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jul 18, 2018 2:26 PM CST
I just like honeydew a lot better then sap or a product of guttation.
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Name: Pamela Gordon
Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a)
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lushkie52
Jul 18, 2018 4:43 PM CST
Thank you, ALL. I'm a late bloomer with the patio and indoor gardening so, it's wonderful to have community to turn to for support and advice. So far, my plants are doing well, but I'm sure I'll be back with a few questions. Thank You!
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Name: Bill
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BigBill
Jul 18, 2018 4:49 PM CST
Welcome!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2018 5:10 PM CST
Pamela, what a beautiful garden! Lovey dubby

It looks like you are doing great but don't ever hesitate to ask questions; we have some very knowledgeable members here. I've been gardening for more than 50 years and I still learn a lot from everyone on these forums!
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purpleinopp
Jul 20, 2018 7:45 AM CST
Bill, honeydew is a symptom of a pest problem that requires action to correct, and if left untreated, can result in the formation of sooty mold, and eventually the death of a plant. Guttation is a normal process that is not a sign of anything unpleasant.
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Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jul 20, 2018 8:10 AM CST
I realize that now. I can't thanks you guys enough. I will take better care of how I describe this in the future.
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