Re: [gardeners] Where'd everyone go?

Peggy Sullivan (
Sat, 13 Apr 2002 17:04:19 -0400

I have a schefflera which is infested with scale (looks like little brown
patches under the leaves and on the stems) that gets everything around it
sticky.  Once or twice a year or so I try to wash it off well (in the tub 
if it is winter or outside if it is summer) washing each section of each 
leaf to remove the scale insects.  I always think I have been thorough 
enough to get them all -- but they always come back.  

Yours might have scale too.

Does anyone have any idea of how to get rid of it permanently?

Peggy in rainy (yeah -- we're way behind in rainfall) NE PA

Billie wrote:
> I mostly lurk b/c I'm such a novice gardener! :)  And I feel bad only asking
> questions. But since list traffic is slow, there are a couple of things I
> can ask.
> First, we have a huge schefflera tree (about 7.5 feet tall) that has lived
> for the past two years in our living room. I love it, but this year, for the
> past 8 mos. or so, it's dropping sap like crazy. The floor is sticky, the
> mini-blinds are sticky, anything in its perimeter gets sticky. I thought it
> would eventually stop, but thus far it hasn't. I'm wanting to move it
> outside for the summer - it's too big to move in and out though to get it
> acclimated - will I kill it if I move it out now, first to shade and then to
> semi-shade? It's not getting much above 70 still and usually down to 50 at
> nights...