Ficus benjamin diseases

Diseases and parasites

The ficus is a tall plant whose dimensions can be contained and which is able to decorate any space with glossy and elegant leaves; since it is not a native plant, for cultivation in Italy it requires closed spaces and for this reason it is usually found as a houseplant. Cultivation in an enclosed space, however, does not preclude the ficus from being prey to diseases and parasitic attacks. Cochineal and mites are among the main enemies of the ficus: the infestation of these tiny insects, if not countered, is able to kill the plant in a short time. Only secondarily it is necessary to protect the ficus also from mold and fungal diseases, which are less widespread if the climatic and environmental conditions are optimal.


The defense of plants involves listening to their needs: for this reason, the first tool to defeat any weeds is prevention. It passes through the use of specific products, to be exploited above all in the period of greatest proliferation of these parasites or fungi, that is the spring, with the resumption of the vegetative cycle of the plant, but even before through a correct cultivation, which will make the ficus sufficiently healthy and strong to counteract any attacks. In general, to avoid favoring the development of weeds it is necessary to avoid water stagnation and excessive humidity, which are fertile ground for molds, parasites and fungi.For the same reason it will be necessary to avoid too dark environments, preferring bright ones. ,

Ficus benjamin Diseases: Cure

To identify the possible presence of diseases and to decipher their origin, it is important to carefully observe the leaves of the plant: they will be the first alarm bell, able to reveal the presence of insects and parasites. The presence of parasites is usually revealed, in fact, by the appearance of small dark spots, or light and fluffy, on the pages of the leaves. The presence of fungi, on the other hand, will more easily lead to leaf rot or to the appearance of larger spots. Once the problem has been identified, if the infestation is at an early stage, it will be sufficient to eliminate all the parasites present with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol. In the case of resistant pests or in case of widespread diffusion, however, it is necessary to resort to

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