Question by  VikasBhutani (11)

Why does my ficus tree have sticky leaves and a sticky floor around it?


Answer by  Samantha57 (391)

Ficus leaves naturally contain sap. When the leaves appear sticky and there is sap on the floor, this is a sign that you probably have a scale insect problem. When these insects infest a plant, they feed on the sap. Look closely; they are tiny and hard to spot. You can kill them with alcohol on a q-tip.


Answer by  colo22 (278)

A scale insect or spider mite problem could be to blame. They are tiny and hard to see--try spraying down with a tablespoon of soap per pint of water or check for special sprays at your garden center. You can also try dipping a q-tip in alcohol to kill them.


Answer by  joshandeleisa (331)

The ficus tree has scale insects. These insects are hard to detect but they can be found on the under side of the leaves or on stems. As they get larger they secret a sticky substance that can get on leaves or floor around the tree.


Answer by  Ginny (2251)

It is oozing sap, caused by being attacked by sucking insects like mealy bugs or scale. Ficus trees attract mealy bugs and scale. The ficus should be treated as soon as possible. Spray it with a tablespoon of soap in a pint of water solution, or a horticultural oil.


Answer by  Anonymous

I was told that it was a sort of fungus and I put it to the street. Maybe the person who took it will be more knowledgeable. The ants were attracted to it! First I thought it was a reaction to a shellac wood floor?

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