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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Ganoderma Butt Rot
Ganoderma butt rot is a relatively new and lethal disease of Florida palm trees. It is caused by a fungus, Ganoderma zonatum, which invades the base or butt of palm trees up to a height of three to four feet above the ground. This fungus degrades or rots the lower 4-5 feet of the trunk.  The disease was first discovered in Florida in 1994 and in only a few years it has spread to infect palms throughout the state. At this time, it cannot be said with certainty that there are any palm trees resistant to ganoderma butt rot.

If you have a tree with this disease, it should be removed from your yard immediatly!  Remove as much stump and root system as possible.  The fungus survives in the soil, so do not plant another palm in the same location.

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Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Ficus Whitefly

A New Pest in South Florida.

If you think the frost has damaged your Ficus, think again. They are dying , and you don’t even know it. If your Ficus has lost leaves and the leaves are not coming back, you have an infestation of White Fly’s!

Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking juices from them causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death.

The leaves of ficus trees infested with whiteflies begin to turn yellow before the leaves are dropped from the plant. Ficus trees without their leaves are one of the most obvious symptoms of a whitefly infestation.

If the foliage is disturbed the small, white gnat-like adult whiteflies can be seen flying from the foliage. The adult whitefly resembles a very small moth with a yellow body and white wings with a faint grey band in the middle of the wings. Immature stages (eggs and nymphs) can be found primarily on the underside of the leaves. Prior to adult emergence, the nymphs are tan to light green discs with red eyes. The underside of infested leaves look like they are dotted with small, silver or white spots which are actually the empty “skin” of the pupae after the adult emerges.

The new Ficus Whitefly can be treated by using a contact insecticide on the foilage & a systemic drench on the root system.

If you do nothing, your Ficus will die.

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