White Spots Under Leaves Of Ficus Elastica/ Dropping Leaves
by Briana Salgado
(Denver, Colorado )
White Waxy Spots
Hello I have more than 1 question: I just bought my first ficus elastica black burgundy.
I've only had it for a week and it has started to drop leaves. 2 of the leaves that fell have these flat white circles underneath.
The best way to describe these markings are like wax drippings. It looks like tiny bits of hot wax dried on the leaf. For sure it's not a bug or any kind of bug eggs, but I can't seem to find anyone else online who has seen this before.
I'm wondering if my plant may just be in shock from being moved or if I'm doing something wrong. I live in Denver which is quite dry.
I keep the pot over moist rocks for humidity and lightly mist in the early morning. I watered the plant the day I bought it because the soil was so dry that it was just falling out of the drainage holes and then it dropped a leaf the very next day.
Today same thing I watered it (7 days after first watering) because the soil was bone dry and then it dropped 2 leaves. I have it on a table near a west facing window that gets bright direct sunlight early in the morning and then shady light throughout the day. So my questions are: Have you ever seen these white wax like spots? Am I over/under-watering? Am I depriving the poor thing of sunlight? And a bonus question: Does she need to be potted up? She's in a 5 inch pot right now.