Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:47
Ok, update coming up!
o have done everything to my fIcus, in an attempt to 'save' it and I can now confirm that it is indeed a phenolic gland issue and NOT a disease.
So...I cut it right bank about 50cm all over. I removed every leaf that had a white blob underneath. I thinned into the plant too. I staked off top layer of soil (pot definitely still large enough) and top dressed with Vitax Q4 pelleted feed and new compost. Watered in well. I then resited it directly in front of the largest window I have so it gets more sun. I also turn it every 2-3 days.
it looked a bit forlorn for a week or so, then suddenly picked up. Teeny new leaves sprouting everywhere, even on main central stem. All new leaves glossy and green, with no white blobs.
no new white bobs on remaining older leaves either. The sticky, almost sappy stuff costing many of the other leaves, has also gone. It looks like a new plant! No more falling leaves.
so it must become that it had become of age and decided it was time to reproduce...and was producing these glands in order to create the sap stuff, that apparently attfacts pollinating wasps in the amazon, where it is native.
i think that cutting it drastically back forced it to concentrate on growing and hindered into need to be pollinated.