Schefflera's New Growth Dies

Asked November 16, 2013, 12:57 PM EST

Hello! I have a 40-year-old schefflera plant that had gotten leggy so 3 years ago I cut it back to 6 inches and it grew into a beautiful dense plant that thrived and even bloomed! About 6 month ago, all the new growth suddenly turned black and died--only the newest small leaves, all the other leaves are fine. The new leaves die on each of the stalks. No new growth escapes the "Black Plague." Is there anything I can do to save the plant? I've had it since it was 2 inches tall and really love it. Thanks!

Burlington County New Jersey indoor gardening disease issues horticulture

1 Response

Without seeing your plant it is hard to say whether this is a disease issue but it sounds like it might be. You can follow this up 3 ways:
One - you might check out the following websites and see if one of the diseases listed looks like it is happening to your plant. There are some control measures listed.
Two, you could email a picture and description to the horticulturist at the UConn Home & Garden Education Center, Someone will be in on Monday.
Three - Since you are in New Jersey, you could bring a sample of your plant down to your local Cooperative Extension Center and have a Master Gardener look at it. Your local Burlington County person would be:

Cooperative Extension of Burlington County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
2 Academy Drive
Westampton, NJ 08060-3826
Phone: 609-265-5050
Fax: 609-265-5613
Hope this helps.