Scale?

ashley05 (MI zone 6a)(6a)April 30, 2014

I just got this plant and noticed the black spots after I got it home. Are they scale? A fungus? Is there anything I can do about them or is this plant a goner? I think this plant is a schefflera if that makes a difference (it was marked "coffee arabica", but it is most definitely not that).

Sigh. See what I get for buying on impulse?

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plantomaniac08(8)

Not scale, but I'm not sure what it is. Does it come off with a wet rag?

Planto

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 2:19PM
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ashley05 (MI zone 6a)(6a)

Nope. I also tried scraping it off gently with my fingernail and it doesn't come off that way either.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 2:37PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Hmm... I'm not sure then. I had something similar on a Schefflera once, but it came off with a wet rag. Can you return the plant?

Planto

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 3:28PM
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elkay_gw

I had something kinda similar show up on one of my scheffleras, only it was reddish in color and seemed to only affect some of the new growth. I couldn't find out what it was and it eventually disappeared on it's own.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 3:37PM
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ashley05 (MI zone 6a)(6a)

Planto-I could take it back, but I only paid $3.

elkay-This is on the oldest growth, closest to the soil line only, but it does look similar.

Could it be damage from a chemical used to treat it for sale, or maybe shipping damage? My biggest worry was that it could spread to my other plants. I have this in the same room as several others, but not too close. I'll keep an eye on it and see if it spreads or goes away.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 9:50PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Hmm, do they have another one? I see them around here a dime a dozen, but that's not always the case for everyone else. I'd keep it away from your other plants in the meantime if you decide to keep it, just in case. If it doesn't spread, I guess it was nothing?

Planto

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 11:13PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

What does the upper surface of the foliage look like? And what does the whole plant look like?

It's possible to buy a plant on an impulsive whim yet still take ten seconds to examine it. :-) Learn what scale insects actually look like, and mealybugs, and a spider mite infestation....and leave those problems at the store.

This post was edited by rhizo_1 on Thu, May 1, 14 at 6:57

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