Posted by Elisa on February 18, 2003 at 19:47:11:
Umbrella Tree w/ Rippling Affects
I have had this umbrella tree for several years now. While redecorating, the tree was moved into a corner where it rec'd very little light. However, it was only there for about 2-3 weeks, not forever. The truth is, I had forgotten about it with all of the other busyness going on. Once I realized where it was, I watered it generously, put it back in the kitchen, where it has indirect sunlight, and where it was always happiest. This all occurred some time in the fall. However, the leaves are rippling, and upon close inspection of the "trunk", it looks like it has scales-a lot of scales! What I had assumed as being "bark", or a toughening of the "trunk" itself, looks similar to a disease that I saw in my plant book. It looks like a split of brown, if that makes any sense. Not that the plant actually split, just a streak of brown. Much too big to be bug doodoo, more like some kind of a worm crawled along and left ruts, but it can't be that, either-that's just a description. My once proud umbrella tree now has sort of wavy leaves, and is kind of droopy in some areas. Also, if I hold a leaf that looks healthy, up to a light, it appears that there is something going on near the vein itself. Should I spray it with the correct bug (scale) spray or disease spray or what? I have some copper soap, if that tells anyone anything. It's closest to what I have on hand to spray it with, but will get whatever it needs to heal itself. Could it be too much water, too little? The plant meter says it's always dry, but I've given it a ton of water, and a few days later it says it's dry again. It's in the medium it always thrived in before, changed every other year, and in a clay pot with a clay drain saucer. I do live in WI and have the heat on constantly, of course, but it's not near a heat duct. I suppose if anything, it does get a flash of cold air when I let the dog in and out...but it has always gotten that, too. I've always fed it like the bottle said I should, once every two wks., March-September. Until the corner incident, I hadn't really noticed anything.
I would really appreciate some input (asap) as to what to do next.
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