Insect or fungus killing ficus trees


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I have two ficus plants, located in 2 different locations and this stuff can be found under the leaves of both of them.

I've been spraying the backside of the leaves with a fungicide, for months, and it doesn't help. I also hose these trees down a couple of times a month. Nothing is helping! The plants are shedding leaves and failing to thrive.
 

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I have two ficus plants, located in 2 different locations and this stuff can be found under the leaves of both of them.

I've been spraying the backside of the leaves with a fungicide, for months, and it doesn't help. I also hose these trees down a couple of times a month. Nothing is helping! The plants are shedding leaves and failing to thrive.
The reason fungicide isn't working is because it isn't a fungus. It is called Sooty Mold and comes from the excretions of insects, in this case scale insects. Spray both sides of the leaves every 5-7 days with Neem Oil for 3 weeks. Those white spots will not go away overnite but will in time. They are hard scale insects, they don't move and they are attached to the leaf. As they die the black stuff will also slowly fade away. You can also get a product called Plant Wash to help rid the plant of the sooty mold. And please update you profile so we will all know where you live just in case you ever have an outdoor plant that needs help.
 
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Thanks so much!

I tried to update my profile but wasn't able to find the option to do so. I keep looking. fyi I'm in San Diego Ca.
 
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I found Neem Oil and have started spraying! But I couldn't find "Plant Wash", but I did find "Insect Killing Soap" though. Is that equivalent?

Should I wait until I've completed a week of Neem Oil before spraying with "Plant Wash"?
 
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I found Neem Oil and have started spraying! But I couldn't find "Plant Wash", but I did find "Insect Killing Soap" though. Is that equivalent?

Should I wait until I've completed a week of Neem Oil before spraying with "Plant Wash"?
I would wait until completion of the Neem applications. Most real nurseries will carry this product which is sold under the Soil Mender brand. The following link should be of assistance. The soap in NOT the same thing and will not help in your situation.

http://www.yumyummix.com/products/other/plantwash.php
 
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I would wait until completion of the Neem applications. Most real nurseries will carry this product which is sold under the Soil Mender brand. The following link should be of assistance. The soap in NOT the same thing and will not help in your situation.

http://www.yumyummix.com/products/other/plantwash.php
Ok, thanks. I'll return the "soap" product to ACE and get our "Gardener" to get some the next time he is at the nursery.

Thanks again for your help, Chuck.

fyi I posted a comment on "New Member". Still haven't figured out how to update my profile, but still looking.
 
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The reason fungicide isn't working is because it isn't a fungus. It is called Sooty Mold and comes from the excretions of insects, in this case scale insects. Spray both sides of the leaves every 5-7 days with Neem Oil for 3 weeks. Those white spots will not go away overnite but will in time. They are hard scale insects, they don't move and they are attached to the leaf. As they die the black stuff will also slowly fade away. You can also get a product called Plant Wash to help rid the plant of the sooty mold. And please update you profile so we will all know where you live just in case you ever have an outdoor plant that needs help.
Here's a f/u to your suggestions.

Our Ficus has completely recovered, new leaves abound and are lush and shiny. The 7 days treatment really worked. We finally found a plant wash. Our local nurseries did not carry if for some odd reason so we found it on Amazon.

Thanks again for your help.
 

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