Leaf spotting and Warping - Ficus

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Leaf spotting and Warping - Ficus

Post  mokster on Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:07 pm

Hi All,

I was planning to do some root work and defoliation this weekend on one of two ficus and I started noticing that random leaves on both plants were starting to show black and brown spotting with new growth warping.

Here are some pics





2 weeks ago, I did a general spray of a mixture of captan and malathion. Could this be a result of chemical burns because the concentrate is too strong?

I can't spot any visible critter on the plant and have been religiously removing all affected leaves. Should I still go ahead with the root work and defoliation this weekend or shall I wait to make sure the plant is problem free before starting?

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Re: Leaf spotting and Warping - Ficus

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:54 pm

Might be Thrips, a small insect that gets into the bud before the leaf opens.

Removing damaged leaves and any fallen leaves will help.

Defoliation and removal of ALL growing tips will also help.

BUT, a systemic insecticide also helps

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Post  mokster on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:01 am

Thanks Billy. Will treat it per your recommendation.

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Post  Mark> on Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:14 am

I'm having the same problem. What's the best insecticide against thrips? Does malathion work?

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Re: Leaf spotting and Warping - Ficus

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:39 pm

Red wrote:I'm having the same problem. What's the best insecticide against Thrips? Does Malathion work?

Malathion is a contact insecticide and unlikely to give much control of Thrips because they are buried in the leaves.

I don't know what chemicals or resources you have available but the word "systemic" which means the insecticide is adsorbed by the plant and the plant then becomes toxic to the insects, should appear in the label.

As I said above, hygiene can go a long way, but you must remove all of he infected foliage for all the Ficus.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:48 pm

This articles lists some chemicals but each one has "Cautions." These are toxic and in Florida are regulated as to who can buy and use them.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in638

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Post  Mark> on Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:52 pm

Thanks for the info! Very Happy

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Removing foliage

Post  jake4bonsai on Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:46 pm

Looks like i am having the same problem with my ginseng ficus. Removal of all the leaves and buds wont harm the plant? My ginseng ficus are the only ones like this. I use a spray called fungicide 3, its a 3 in one fungicide, miticide, and insecticide on one. The main ingredient is 70% neem oil. Will this rid the plant of these thripes?

Thanks Jake


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Leaf Spotting & Warping

Post  bonsaisr on Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:30 pm

First of all, ginseng ficus is not a bonsai & never will be. It is just a houseplant. If it has thrips, take it back where you bought it & demand a refund, before they spread to other plants.
Your neem oil preparation will not kill thrips. Only a systemic insecticide will. Two that are sold nowadays are Orthenex and Bayer's Tree & Shrub. I don't know what is available in your state. They are not listed for indoors.
Iris

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Re: Leaf spotting and Warping - Ficus

Post  drgonzo on Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:02 am

The ONLY thing I have found to be safe and very effective against Thrips is a product called Monterey Garden insect spray. It just plain works!
-Jay

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