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by James Verdi
on November 30, 2017 at 8:57 PM
Thanks for the insights and links ! Today was my first time seeing the waxy nodes and I assumed they were a sucking insect!
by Sahand
on February 18, 2019 at 6:38 AM
thank you so very much for being so precise to evaluate the problem.  
People usually take the easy way and shoot out the first thing that comes in mind: yeah, its a pest, go these this pesticide.  
 
I was actually just about to use chemical pesticides prescribed by a local gardener for this exact same phenomena.  
 
thanks to you, I won't have to bare the odors in my home now.
by Anne
on February 22, 2019 at 10:59 AM
Great article. I too have the same symptoms and it's nice to know what it is . THANKS
by Chris
on February 26, 2019 at 5:21 PM
I have some leaves dropping so I took a closer look which is when I noticed the same white waxy granules. It’s good to know they’re normal. I’m pretty sure the leaves dropped because I was the humidity in our house dropped due to the long cold snap we had; therefore causing the ~20 leaves to drop.
by Alison
on April 20, 2019 at 10:55 PM
Thank you so much for this information! I am hyper vigilant with my weeping fig as it is so prone to drop leaves that I am always watching it for any changes. I took some stem cuttings this spring when I noticed these white lumps for the first time and though that my precious ficus had caught some pest or illness! I panicked and turned to google which finally brought me to your article thank goodness!!!
by Helen Mazzotta
on June 4, 2019 at 6:02 PM
Thank you have the tiny waxy ball at base of leaf just bought $23 bottle insecticide that I used before but it keeps coming back. My soul seems to stay wet a long long time. Should I change soil? Thank you.
by Leo
on January 21, 2020 at 9:17 PM
Oh man I wish I had seen this article before I neem-ed and pruned my poor little plant. Good to know those little dots are normal and harmless!! I just hope I haven’t traumatized my ficus for good... >_<
 
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