THE AGRONOMIST ANSWERS ON HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR PLANTS
COCHINIGLIA IN MY FICUS
QUESTION OF MANU
reading on your site I discovered that the cause of loss of the leaves of the ficus can be the cochineal.
I have a ficus that has been defoliating in recent months. I'm trying to spray the leaves often but it doesn't help.
when I collect the fallen leaves (or look at those still attached) I notice that on the bottom page and in the point that you have highlighted there is a kind of disk, it looks like a skin that if I scratch it with the nail comes off easily. its color is greenish white. it is not to be clear the cotton-like bow. Is it cochineal?
thank you very much
from what you tell me, if the presence is localized and the "disk" does not move, surely in your plant there is a cochineal attack in progress. Read what is written and look at the photos in the answer given to Fabrizio.
To eliminate them, take a cotton swab dipped in alcohol and wipe it where they are present. You will see that they will come off easily. Periodically check their presence and repeat the operation if they reappear.
Keep me informed and if you have any doubts write me again.
Dr. Maria Giovanna Davoli