benjamina is drying to die

kyuhayiJuly 19, 2011

benjamina had lots of leave 2 month ago at Home Depot.

It is not the first time growing benjamina indoor.

Watering once a week, not direct but plenty of sun.

Without reason since I brought it into my living room, it slowly dying.

I found some black small things onto its branches.

Please tell me what that is , how can I revive this.

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Ficus benjamina are very sensitive to being moved. They will react by dropping their leaves, which you may already know if you've grown a Ficus benjamina before. The "black small things" on the branches may be scale, but hard to know without seeing them. If you can snap some photos and include them in your post, we can help you to diagnose your little tree. Lastly, be sure you're not overwatering. Check the bottom of the pot with a moisture meter to make sure your little plant isn't sitting in a pool of water. You also might find more assistance in the House Plants forum, too.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 10:09PM
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Thanks hoosierquilt
The tree is just less than 6 feet.

Size is like a rice.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 11:59PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Yes, that is scale, as Patty suspected. You can scrape them off, but try not to remove too much bark. I would also put the tree outdoors in the shade to recover, then bring it indoors after it has grown some new leaves.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 2:36AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Oh my, that's a whopping case of scale!

Because you've had the tree only two months, the scale came with it.

Hope you have your receipt so you can exchange it. If not, try anyway.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 1:29PM
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I agree with both Jean and Renee. If you want the Benjamina you will have to accept the defoliation that comes with the move. Just resign yourself to a period of location adjustment, when the tree will look ratty. Al

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 8:03AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Okay, agreed, whopping case of scale. Take it back to Home Depot and get your money back before it infects the rest of your house plants. Scale is almost impossible to get rid of, with either home remedies or big-time insecticides. The best way to eradicate scale - get rid of the plant. If you have not already isolated this plant, do so immediately so it does not spread scale to the rest of your houseplants, or you're going to end up with a very expensive "remedy".

Patty S.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 10:17AM
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