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

Hi,
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.
http://extension.psu.edu/pests/plant-diseases/all-fact-sheets/schefflera-diseases
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/indoor-schefflera-diseases-40570.html
http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/foliage/folnotes/scheffle.htm
Two, you could email a picture and description to the horticulturist at the UConn Home & Garden Education Center, ladybug@uconn.edu. 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
Email: bmcminn@co.burlington.nj.us
Hope this helps.