Bird Of Paradise Plants
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Bird of Paradise Houseplant

Zone Bedford NH 03110 | pmacken added on January 24, 2017 | Answered

My Bird of Paradise keeps getting a sticky substance on the leaves. What is it? Do I harm the plant if I wash it off? What would you recommend if it is ok to wash it off?

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Alisma
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Answered on January 25, 2017

The sticky substance could be honeydew, which is a secretion of small plant-feeding insects such as aphids and scale bugs:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-honeydew.htm

Check the plant (and surrounding houseplants) for any insects. The best way to get rid of honeydew is to control the insect pests- you can find information on control options by following the links in the article above. Washing the plant is fine, and it might knock off some of the pests too.

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