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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2010, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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My Ficus is dieing!

I am new to terrariums and my Ficus is looking really bad. Any help would be great!


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2010, 11:09 PM
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2 things could be going on here, or a combination of both:
- Ficus need drainage and cannot be in soil that is waterlogged.
- They are also prone to spider mites. They are extra prone in they are weak or stressed. Check the leaves for webbing and signs of extremely small insects. The leaves will have a "dusty" appearance. (do a google for spider mites and you'll see what to look for).
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The leaves seem to show strong mealybug and/or scale infestation. If you can focus on a single leaf and shoot a close-up, then it would be easier to determine if this is so....
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I agree - aphid or scale infestation - that black sooty look is classic. It will need to be removed and treated - either white oil or even a soapy water wash would help, best to avoid the heavy duty chemicals. Then maintain the plant outside the tank until it shows signs of recovery and new growth, with no recurrence of infestation. Make sure to rinse the plant well before putting it back into place.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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The leaves are ruff where the black patches are. The plant seems to be going down hill quickly, should I remove the plant from the terrarium?

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