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Help with Diefenbakia and Yucca Plant, Pls

Monique Reed monique at bio.tamu.edu
Wed May 29 08:57:56 EST 1996

>I have two Yucca plants and a Diefenbakia that is spreading very sticky 
>sap on the floor underneath it.  It is attracting ants and my husband is 
>threatening to throw them out.  I have seen certain leaves on the yucca 
>plant with sticky yellow spots on them which I cut off as soon as I see 
>them.  The dief. is sticky on its leaves all the time.  

Plants don't usually just dribble sap.  I suspect you have a problem with 
aphids or scale insects and what you are getting is their sticky secretions.  
Taking care of the insects should take care of the mess.

Monique Reed
Texas A&M

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