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Pest on my house ficus

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 09:39

Pest on my house ficus

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 09:38

Pest on my house ficus

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 09:38

Thanks weedy - I have had mine for years, in exactly the same spot, has never been overwatered or underwatered and usually thrives with minimal fuss.


It has always been a glorious specimen and easy as pie.


It has got a disease though - tiny, white grub like things that don't move, less than 1mm across, and always one at the base of each stem, where the stem meets the leaf and always on the main vein itself.


As the leaf mottles, then wilts, then turns brown and falls off, totally dry (never sticky) the white grub (if it is a grub, but I could be wrong) disappears.


This is a pest, but I'm trying to establish which one, so I can treat it.


I have tried to photograph them, but the picture quality isn't great.


Pest on my house ficus

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 21:30

Thanks Mow- Sadly I'm very familiar with vine weevils and it's definitely not them (I had them in pots in back garden, until I discovered nematodes and got rid if them).


I recall the eggs well and the telltale notches eaten out of the leaves by the adults. And the revolting grubs in the soil. Ugh!

How often to water Olive Tree?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 21:21

Looks a good age - mine is maybe half that diameter and is about 6 years old.


It's much taller than yours, but has never been trimmed or shaled, so around 6ft I'd say. Looks like yours has been trimmed up top, to make it bushier.


Where I sometimes go to GReece to see family, they literally grow on the beach, so like poor soil, but if in a pot will need a bit more.


I give mine Q4 pelleted feed in spring, a fungicide spray in Autumn against rust, practically no watering unless it doesn't rain in weeks, and no watering in winter.


Mine is SE facing and they do like lots of sun. 

Pest on my house ficus

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 20:32

just that really- it's a lovely specimen, about 5ft tall now, bought as a titchy thing for a fiver, from Woolies, 9 years ago!


I'm very fond of it. It has always been very healthy and done well. I feed it in spring and summer, repot every 3 years or so, give it a good misting now and again.


It's in a very bright room, with a little direct morning sun too.


Past few weeks I'd noticed several leaves browning and falling off, but put it down to the usual yearly regeneration it goes through.


However today, to my horror, I noticed mottling on several leaves, abd a small, whiteish grub like thing at the very base of many stems (always on the underside and only one per leaf).


They look gross and once the lead has dried, the White grub seems to go.


I'm nit good with houseplant pests - could anyone cast any light please?


Sorry but I'm unable  take a photo at the moment.


there is no stickiness on the leaves, by the way.


Thank you.

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 23:07

It doesn't look like a weed, at least!

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 23:06

Thanks nut - I am having the same problem!


Will just have to leave it togrow larger and see...

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 23:01

Hello nut 


It's in Antibes. South facing garden with 10 ft high walls...nothing around except for citrus trees, as far as I can see.


I am stumped!

Pest on nectarine

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 22:51

I just buy mine online, from sites like Green Gardener, though many other sell them too.


Might be worth asking them if there are any nematodes that work specifically to parasitise and kill off scale insects.


Would be ideal in a greenhouse.

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