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Schefflera clump

Post  BrianDD on Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:01 pm

Here is my clump of 5 trees that I have been working on for about 5 years. It loves being outside in the summer but when i bring it in in the late fall for the winter it always gets scale.and once again I have to defoliate the entire tree and spray it. Is there any way to prevent this.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:26 pm

Drastic cut back.

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Post  BrianDD on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:27 am

Not really. When you have high light conditions like outside the stems and foliage stay short and small. When I defoliate inside the stems and foliage are longer and bigger.

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Post  Justin_ on Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:22 pm

Try the dry tablet systemic insecticides for the scale insects. Provado Sticks are often recommended here but I'm not sure of their availability outside Northern Europe. In the UK I've found Axoris Quick Sticks which do the same job.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:46 pm

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:Drastic cut back.

I meant it needs a drastic cut back.

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Post  BrianDD on Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:30 pm

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:
Billy M. Rhodes wrote:Drastic cut back.

I meant it needs a drastic cut back.
how so the foliage is just growing back.

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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:54 am

You have these bare stems with leaves at the end. Cut them back very short. Different heights, the shortest an inch.
Since you know the problem will recur, develop a program of preventive spraying before you see the scale. You must use a systemic.
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Post  marcus watts on Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:57 am

hi,

i'd be looking at a better front angle too - this one looks like 5 splayed fingers - all too even. Totally agree with cutting the stems back as it obviously buds well - the thinnest trunk cut the shortest, the fattest the longest etc as long as the tree keeps small leaves. If the leaves get much bigger the entire tree needs to be much bigger though - probably 3 times the size to look balanced.

then the roots need seeing to - gradually remove the ugly ones.

cheers Marcus

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Post  bonsaisr on Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:00 am

Why are you defoliating indoors? You want to do your defoliating or drastic pruning in spring & early summer, when the growth is more compact. In this view, I would say your tree is not getting enough light.
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Post  BrianDD on Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:36 am

to help get rid of the scale. my tree is outside getting sun from 10am to 4pm the leaves are small this time around. normally they are bigger.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:43 pm

I had "chronic" scale on a Ficus and Fukien Tea. I was vigilant (multiple times per week) about looking for scale and 2-3 years of "vigilance" paid off and the scale problem diminished considerably. I used "Dawn" dish detergent in a spray bottle (a tip from an orchid grower) and also used alcohol on Qtips. Good luck!
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Hi Brian

Post  tap pi lu on Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:28 am

This plant is very easy to livethe stem cuttings, 1 piece body can plug back into the soil moisture or muddy water out roots after a few months. If left in the House should not be watered heavily on land just spray the leaves and stemsTake the feed in spring-summer with the pruning ongoing-only to a maximum of 2 leaves to cut the buds

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Post  vlado on Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:03 pm

I love these plants, easily grown...

Greetings
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