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I have had this plant for over a year and is about 5 feet tall. In the past three months I have noticed the leaves are sticky and are falling off.  I have new growth however many leaves are sticky along with the stem/trunk. I took the plant outside and misted down which seemed to help, however the stickiness has returned.  Any idea as to what this is and how can I stop it?

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Tammy,

Your Schefflera Arboricola has some type of insect infesting it. The sticky stuff is the excrement of the insects. Your plant would be happier outdoors in full sun this time of year. More sun would also make your plant stronger to fight off the insects easier. You can spray the entire plant every 3 days with a mixture of 1 pint of rubbing alcohol with 1 pint of water then add 1 tablespoon of dish detergent and 1 tablespoon of baby oil. To get rid of the insect you have to be consistent with the spraying every 3 days or they will just come back.

An easier way to get rid of them is to go to the nearest Walmart or Lowes and pick up a bottle of Bayer Tree and Shrub Protect and Feed. It is around $20.00/bottle and you apply it according to the instructions on the bottle. One bottle will treat at least 24 plants. It is a systemic that is take up through the roots of the plantsde and it make the plant both kill the existing insects and repell any additional insects that try to arrack the plant.  If you have more questions feel free to write any time. Good luck!!!!!

Darlene  

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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